Clarifying Westview dust readings

On behalf of the Prince Rupert Port Authority, I would like to clarify information regarding dust at Westview Terminal.

Editor:

On behalf of the Prince Rupert Port Authority, I would like to clarify information contained in the Aug. 20 article regarding dust at Westview Terminal.

The PRPA actively monitors noise and dust in several ways, including electronic air quality equipment, passive dustfall collection, audio recording devices, 24-hour visual surveillance, and resident feedback and observation about specific nuisances.

The primary measurement for airborne dust is a real-time air quality monitor located between the terminal and the neighbourhood that measures the particles suspended in the air (i.e., the dust that can potentially impact people’s health). These measurements have consistently been, and continue to be, far below provincial air quality

objectives.

The dust samples referred to in the article were from a monthly collection program that measures the dust deposited onto the ground on the terminal property. The report correctly notes that some of the June dustfall samples at these locations were abnormally high and exceeded provincial objectives.

We understand that there is a nuisance associated with dust, regardless of the source. The samples are being tested to identify the contributing sources of dust (e.g., wood pieces, road dust, insect parts, pine pollen, other industrial activities). This will allow us to continue to encourage those sources to find ways of reducing dust output where possible.

It is important for us to emphasize that there was no corresponding increase in measurement of the airborne particles that could impact human health.

Ken Veldman

Director, Public Affairs,

Prince Rupert Port Authority

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Breast cancer screening available in Prince Rupert – ten days only

Mobile imaging suite will be in Prince Rupert from July 6 to 16

RCSCC 7 – Captain Cook is searching for new C.O.

Officer position will be vacant with CIC sailing away to different shores.

Police investigate July 2 homicide in Houston

Man succumbed to injuries at Pearson Road residence

Solidarity movement displayed in city

Prince Rupert locals demonstrated against

Canada Day investigation by RCMP

Female was transported to hospital with head injuries in Prince Rupert

VIDEO: Musqueam Chief captures captivating footage of bald eagle catching meal

‘This is why we have chosen to live here since time immemorial,’ Chief Wayne Sparrow’s nephew says

Police ramp up efforts to get impaired drivers off B.C. roads this summer

July is dedicated to the Summer CounterAttack Impaired Driving Campaign

Migrant workers stage multi-city action for full status amid COVID-19 risks

‘COVID-19 has exacerbated an existing crisis’

Okanagan school drops ‘Rebels’ sports team name, citing links with U.S. Civil War

Name and formerly-used images “fly in the face” of the district’s human rights policy, says board chair

PHOTOS: B.C.’s top doc picks up personalized Fluevog shoes, tours mural exhibition

Murals of Gratitude exhibit includes at least one portrait of Henry alongside paintings of health-care workers

In troubled times: Independence Day in a land of confusion

Buffeted by invisible forces and just plain worn out, the United States of America celebrates its 244th birthday

Stop enforcing sex work laws during COVID-19, advocates say

There are provisions in Canada’s prostitution laws that make workers immune from prosecution, but not from arrest

Liberal party finished 2019 having spent $43 million, raised $42 million

All political parties had until midnight June 30 to submit their financial reports for last year

B.C. teacher loses licence after sexual relationships with two recently-graduated students

The teacher won’t be allowed to apply for a teaching certificate until 2035

Most Read