There is mounting evidence that airborne particulate matter (PM) poses a significant health concern. The Ministry of Environment2 (MoE) has instituted a network to monitor airborne particulate matter throughout the province, including continuous measurements in Golden.Recognizing that better understanding of the sources of particulate matter was needed to develop strategies for improving air quality, MoE undertook the development of a provincial particulate matter speciation and source apportionment program. Golden’s particulate matterlevels are the highest of Kootenay communities and consistently rank as one of the highest in British Columbia. For this reason, among others, the Golden airshed was chosen as the province’s first so-called “supersite” to conduct a two year study on the chemical constituencyof sampled air.
Willis, Paul F.. 2005. Particulate Matter Source Apportionment in Golden, British Columbia. BC Ministry of Environment
Keywords: particulate matter, PM, Kootenay, Golden airshed
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