Public forum on Princeton air quality

Residents of Princeton and Area H are invited to the Air Quality Public Forum held on May 8 at Riverside Theatre.

Residents of Princeton and Area H are invited to attend the Air Quality Public Forum to be held on May 8 at Riverside Theatre beginning at 7 p.m.

Recent results released by the BC Ministry of the Environment on the 2011 Air Quality Monitoring Program show that Princeton has dangerously high levels of air pollution especially during the winter months.

This forum will provide residents with factual information on this important issue along with proposed strategies for making improvements to the air we breathe.

There will also be an opportunity for the public to ask questions.

For this event, the Princeton and District Air Quality Coalition has assembled the following panel of speakers:

Dr. Michael Brauer is a professor in the School of Environment Health at the University of British Columbia. Drawing on up-to-date research, he will be providing information on the health impact of woodsmoke.

Ralph Adams has worked as an air quality meteorologist with the British Columbia Ministry of Environment since 1999.

He will be presenting a detailed report on the results of the Princeton air quality partisol monitoring which began in January of 2011.

Glenn Smith is the president of CoGen Industries, the owner of the Eagle Valley Pellet Plant in Princeton.

He will be giving a report on the pellet fuel industry and Eagle Valleyʼs involvement in our community.

Jason Earle is acting mayor of Princeton. He will be representing the citizens of Princeton and reporting on the town of Princetonʼs involvement in the monitoring of our air quality.

Brad Hope is the Director of Area H and has a long history of involvement in environmental issues in the province.

He will be presenting information from the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen perspective with a focus on educational programs.