Whyte Avenue fire affects local air quality



Whyte Avenue fire affects local air quality


At 4:00am on April 7, 2011, I woke up to smoke pouring through the vent in my bedroom.  Was my building on fire?  I stepped outside and saw firefighters in gas masks combating a black cloud less than a hundred paces away.  When the stinging eyes and tight chest set in, we took our child and left our neighborhood for the night. Before biking to work in the morning, I made sure to check Alberta Environment’s “real time data” on Current Air Quality.  All three monitoring stations in Edmonton showed a rating of “good” at all times throughout the night, including the station closest to my home and workplace.  But when I rode out at 8:00am, I knew that I should not breathe hard that day.

Read “Whyte Avenue fire affects local air quality” on the ELC blog.



The Environmental Law Centre (ELC) has been seeking strong and effective environmental laws since it was founded in 1982. The ELC is dedicated to providing credible, comprehensive and objective legal information regarding natural resources, energy and environmental law, policy and regulation in Alberta. The ELC’s mission is to educate and champion for strong laws and rights so all Albertans can enjoy clean water, clean air and a healthy environment. Our vision is a society where laws secure an environment that sustains current and future generations.
As a charity, the Environmental Law Centre depends on your financial support. Help us to continue to educate and champion for strong environmental laws, through tools such as our blog and all of our other resources, so that all Albertans can enjoy a healthy environment. Your support makes a difference.
Donate online today


Share this:
Articles, Presentations & Multimedia, Pollution & Emissions, Public Participation