Initial Air Quality Report Released

In Jan. 2023, the Port of Vancouver (working with the SRA, Metro Vancouver, UBC, and Vancouver Coastal Health) began a two-year air quality study of our neighbourhood. The study involves assessing data from 18 monitors placed in and around Strathcona and adjacent areas monitoring fine particulate matter (PM2.5), nitrogen oxides (NOx), ozone (O3), and carbon monoxide (CO). One of the goals was to see if expanding port operations increased air pollution. The Port recently released a report on the results from Jan.-Mar, 2023. Here’s a link to the Q1 report.

Very briefly, this initial data found that in the first quarter of 2023, average concentrations of NO2 (which comes primarily from diesel exhaust) and PM2.5 (which comes primarily from combustion) were higher in Strathcona than other parts of Metro Vancouver, though never exceeding recommended Ambient Air Quality Objectives (AAQO), with one exception:  “There were some 1-hour PM2.5 concentration “spikes” observed at the 1000 Block of E Pender St. The monitor at the 1000 Block of E Pender St. is located along the Burrard Inlet (BI) rail line. The proximity of this monitor to rail traffic may have contributed to the elevated levels of PM2.5 and NO2 recorded at this station.”  Trains entering the port frequently idle along this section of the BI Line. The full report is information-rich and worth a look. The SRA will be holding an air quality workshop when the report for the entire first year is released. Send questions and comments to AQProject@strathcona-residents.org.