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Experts in Kamloops to talk air pollution

Air pollution concerns in Kamloops have recently come from forest fires and mining.
Original Publication Date October 07, 2014 - 4:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - How to improve air quality and reduce health risks will be on the menu at an upcoming public forum on air pollution in Kamloops.

Between several weeks with smoky skies because of forest fires this summer and constant concern being raised over the proposed Ajax mine and other industrial activity, air quality has been a notable concern in Kamloops in recent months.

This summer, local doctors raised concern over fine particulate matter they believe will cause major health issues if the proposed mine goes ahead and KGHM Ajax Mining quietly responded with a video in an effort to debunk many of the claims.

Now experts from the University of British Columbia, the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, the B.C. Lung Association, the Ministry of Environment and Interior Health will be on hand to discuss air quality issues in our region.

Information will be provided on pollutants, where they come from and how they are transported as well as health effects and airshed management.

While the focus of the free forum will be on the health effects of air pollution and risk of exposure in our community, anyone who has air quality concerns they would like addressed by the panel is asked to contact Dr. Menn Biagtan of the Lung Association beforehand at or 1-800-665-5864.

The Kamloops event is one of two in the region. The first will be held at the Barber Centre at Thompson Rivers University on Oct. 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. while the second will be the following night at the Merritt Civic Centre from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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