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Feds to Combat Air Pollution.

The Canadian government will invest $120 million to reduce air pollutants. Ottawa's action plan will focus on four major areas: the industrial sector, transportation, monitoring and reporting.

A total of $19.8 million will be spent over five years to reduce [NO.sub.x] and volatile organic compound emissions from the industrial sector. The federal government will introduce a cap on [NO.sub.x] emissions from the fossil-fuelled electricity sector. Ottawa will also outline measures to reduce emissions of VOC and [NO.sub.x] from range of products, including paints and paint coatings, degreasing agents and solvents. Other initiatives will examine major sources of smog and its formation.

Initiatives for the transportation industry include the establishment of regulations for vehicles and fuels. The regulatory plan will align Canada's vehicle emission standards with those in the U.S. by the 2004 model year. New standards will be introduced for diesel fuel used in trucks, buses and construction and agricultural equipment.

Both Canada and the U.S. will improve monitoring and reporting on air quality within 500 km of the border. Canada will invest $29.1 million over five years and add up 10 new monitoring stations.

The final component of the clean air action plan involves expanding the National Pollutant Release Inventory. The NPRI list of substances will be expanded in 2002 to include precursos of ground-level ozone and components of smog such as nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds, sulfur oxides, particulate matter and carbon monoxide.
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Publication:Canadian Chemical News
Date:Apr 1, 2001
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