An independent science-based study labelled The Kitimat Airshed Assessment has shown that Kitimat’s airshed can safely accommodate new industrial growth.The study analysed the cumulative effects of industrial air emissions – primarily sulfur and nitrogen oxides – and their potential impacts on both human health and the environment from the following:
- Rio Tinto Alcan’s existing aluminium smelter and its planned modernisation.
- A proposed oil refinery.
- Four proposed LNG facilities.
- BC Hydro gas turbine powered electrical generation facilities.
- Predicted increased to marine shipping in Douglas Channel.
The study shows that by adhering to world-leading emissions standards, nitrogen dioxide levels will be significantly reduced, allowing industrial expansion to be safely managed in the airshed.
Twelve scenarios were evaluated, based on a range of existing and proposed facilities with various levels of emissions treatments. Each scenario considered the potential effects of sulfur and nitrogen oxides on vegetation, water, soil and human health. The study concluded that there is lots of opportunity for industrial growth in the airshed if properly managed.
Adapted from press release by Ted Monroe
Read the article online at: https://www.lngindustry.com/liquid-natural-gas/21072014/study-clears-kitimat-airshed-for-industrial-growth-1029/