Air monitoring site up and running

Lavington residents will soon be able to see for themselves proof of any improvements or deterioration of air quality

Lavington residents will soon be able to see for themselves proof of any improvements or deterioration of air quality.

With the Pinnacle Pellet Plant up and running, an air quality monitoring site was installed by the Ministry of Environment and has been running since Nov. 9 at the Lavington Fellowship Baptist Church.

“The site is comprised of a Met One Model BAM-1020 particulate monitor, which measures for PM2.5,” the ministry told The Morning Star. “The site also measures wind speed, direction, ambient temperature, and relative humidity.

“Air quality meteorologists from the air quality section are reviewing data from this monitor on a daily basis and will prepare a summary report bi-weekly. The ministry plans to make this data available in real-time on www.bcairquality.ca in the near future.”

Pinnacle recently released a report following stack and dryer testing which shows improvement to air quality in the area.

Tests took place Nov. 11 and 12, with Ministry of Environment officials on site.