Capital Region Fine Particulate Response

Alberta Environment & Sustainable Resource Development has finalized and released the Capital Region Fine Particulate Matter Reponse—a plan to reduce and maintain ambient concentrations of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) at all stations in the Capital Region below numerical Canada-wide Standard. In addition to the full report, an overview of the response is available for download at the Capital Region Cumulative Effects Management page on the AESRD website.

The response was triggered under the Clean Air Strategic Alliance (CASA) Particulate Matter and Ozone Management Framework when:

Annual assessments of ambient air quality conducted by Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development for 2008–2010 and 2009–2011 showed that Edmonton Central and Edmonton East ambient air quality monitoring stations within the Capital Region were in exceedance of the Canada-wide Standards for fine particulate matter.

Thanks to Bill Calder and David Spink of the Prairie Acid Rain Coalition for their work on the Capital Region Air Quality Management Framework Oversight Advisory Committee and Capital Region Fine Particulate Matter Technical Sub-Committee respectively, and their contributions to the development of the response.