The MOE’s Mobile Air Monitoring Laboratory could be coming to Port Alberni for six to 12 months starting in 2014.

Province mulls mobile air lab for Alberni

If all goes to plan the Ministry of Environment will be operating its Mobile Air Monitoring Laboratory from the Port Alberni fire hall.

If all goes to plan the Ministry of Environment will be operating its Mobile Air Monitoring Laboratory from the Port Alberni fire hall.

Port Alberni Fire Department Chief Tim Pley made the announcement at city council’s Nov. 25 meeting.

PAFD and MOE officials are discussing the potential for the vehicle to be parked at the fire hall for six to 12 months. The move would enhance the level of air quality monitoring in the Alberni Valley, Pley said.

According to an MOE spokesperson the lab hasn’t monitored Alberni’s air quality since early 2000.

Industry has changed since with some mills having closed and others curtailed, the spokesperson said.

As well, the population dipped in numbers but has rebounded since. “We’re not expecting to see too much change in residential emissions,” he said.

The project would not cost the city anything and would not interfere with fire department operations, he said.

According to the MOE website, the mobile lab is built on a Ford F550 chassis and houses special equipment that measures ground level ozone, nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide levels. Data from the equipment is transferred to the MOE’s air monitoring database, where it is posted for viewing at Mobile Air Quality Monitoring Data web page.

Catalyst Paper Corp. already monitors the Valley’s air quality as part of a permit requirement from the MOE.

The lab has been dispatched to monitor air in James Bay, Whistler and the Peace River.

Port Alberni’s is being considered because the site is sturdy and has a power hookup.



Just Posted

2019 FEDERAL ELECTION: Meet the candidates for the Courtenay-Alberni riding

In an effort to inform the Courtenay-Alberni riding constituents, we have supplied… Continue reading

City of Port Alberni offers support after fatal bus crash

Two University of Victoria students killed after crash en route to Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

Participants double at Parkinson’s Superwalk in Port Alberni

Second annual event also saw an increase in funds raised

Alberni School District considers three name changes

Neill Elementary, Ucluelet Secondary and school district identified for new names

First Nations given max compensation for Ottawa’s child-welfare discrimination

2016 ruling said feds didn’t give same funding for on-reserve kids as was given to off-reserve kids

VIDEO: We’re not ‘cold-blooded killers’ of bears, B.C. conservation officer says

When it’s a matter of public safety, the animals pay the ultimate price

Conservatives promise tax cut that they say will address Liberal increases

Scheer says the cut would apply to the lowest income bracket

B.C. VIEWS: Cutting wood waste produces some bleeding

Value-added industry slowly grows as big sawmills close

Fewer trees, higher costs blamed for devastating downturn in B.C. forestry

Some say the high cost of logs is the major cause of the industry’s decline in B.C.

Federal food safety watchdog says batch of baby formula recalled

The agency says it’s conducting a food safety investigation

UVic president offers condolences after two students killed in bus crash

‘We also grieve with those closest to these members of our campus community,’ Cassels says

Coming Home: B.C. fire chief and disaster dog return from hurricane-ravaged Bahamas

The pair spent roughly one week on Great Abaco Island assisting in relief efforts

Newcomer Ferland lines up with sniper Pettersson as Vancouver Canucks camp opens

Ferland provides more depth and a scoring threat up front, Pettersson says

Intelligence official charged seemed to be ‘exemplar of discretion’: UBC professor

Professor Paul Evans says he served on Cameron Ortis’s doctoral dissertation committee

Most Read