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Wood burning stoves contributing to poor air quality...

PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2015 2:35 pm
by Wilberforce
Wood burning stoves contributing to poor air quality in Smithers

By TIFFANY CRAWFORD, VANCOUVER SUN December 11, 2015 10:00 AM

The northwestern B.C. town of Smithers is under an air quality advisory, which authorities blame largely on smoke from wood burning stoves.

The Ministry of Environment and the Northern Health Authority issued the advisory for the Bulkley Valley and Smithers on Friday because of high concentrations of fine particulates called PM2.5.

Environment Canada says the PM2.5 particulates are developing because of stable air and calm wind conditions, and the poor air quality is expected through Saturday.

The agency says wood smoke is a major contributing pollutant in Smithers, and individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath.

Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.

The agency says exposure to air pollution is particularly a concern for children, the elderly, and those who have underlying medical conditions such as lung or heart disease.

ticrawford@vancouversun.com

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