Air pollution can have a number of adverse impacts on the community. Poor air quality can be a significant health risk, degrade visibility and seriously impact community tourism. The cumulative impacts of air emission sources can prohibit or limit opportunities for local or regional economic expansion.Historically, the major sources of air pollution in British Columbia have been large industrial operations that the province has regulated through permits. However, over the past two decades, more and more restrictions have been placed on these facilities, and therelative contributions from other sources such as motor vehicles and biomass (primarily wood) burning have increased. As a result, cooperation among federal, provincial, regional and/or local authorities may be required to manage such diverse source types. “Airshed planning” is one process that can be used to address these issues.
Williams, Richard, Bhattacharyya, Kamal K. 2004. Guide to Airshed Planning in British Columbia. BC Ministry of Water Land and Air Protection
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