Public consulted on ways to improve air qualityPublic consulted on ways to improve air quality<div class="ExternalClassAE86994F78914EF39418C93A0958676F"><p>Metro Vancouver is hoping to clear the air – and reduce human health risks – by tackling the issue of air pollutants coming from both residential wood smoke and automotive refinishing shops.</p><p>As the authority managing air quality across the region, Metro Vancouver is seeking input on a phased approach aimed at regulating wood smoke emissions from residential fireplaces and woodstoves, which are responsible for more than a quarter of the fine particle emissions in the region – more than any other source.</p><p>Although many Metro Vancouver residents enjoy the ambience created by a wood fire, the smoke can be detrimental to outdoor and indoor air quality, as well as to those with chronic heart and lung diseases like asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema.</p><p>Metro Vancouver is also considering changes to <em>Automotive Refinishing Emission Regulation Bylaw No. 1086, 2008</em>, which regulates the discharge of air contaminants from automotive refinishing facilities. Some provisions in <em>Bylaw 1086</em> no longer meet best management practices. The potential changes would reduce air quality impacts and human health risk by lowering the levels of volatile organic compounds and hazardous air pollutants emitted from these facilities.</p><p>Information about the two consultations can be found on the <a href="/services/air-quality/consultation/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">air quality public consultation website</a>.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue37-aq.jpg2017-11-30T08:00:00ZGP0|#5c5e82e4-401f-43a6-8f66-b0acc99b3d56;L0|#05c5e82e4-401f-43a6-8f66-b0acc99b3d56|Issue 37;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClassB315CA07FCC64DDB9C7D62D513AE2349"><p>​Metro Vancouver is hoping to clear the air – and reduce human health risks – by tackling the issue of air pollutants coming from both residential wood smoke and automotive refinishing shops.</p></div>0Metro Vancouver considers changes to Automotive Refinishing Emission Regulation Bylaw.