Tue, 18 Jan 2011
Last night, Town Council unanimously passed a motion from Mayor Rob Burton calling upon the Province of Ontario to nominate the Oakville-Clarkson airshed as the first pilot area to implement a Comprehensive Air Management System (CAMS). This new approach to regionally coordinated airshed management was announced by the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) on October 20, 2010, as part of a national commitment to introduce more ambitious air quality standards and nationally consistent industrial emissions.
“Oakville is the perfect community to pilot airzone management,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “This approach was a key recommendation of Dr. David Balsillie’s 2010 Action Plan to improve air quality in our region and the town and its residents have already demonstrated a strong commitment to working together to reduce the negative health impacts that result from poor air quality.”
In 2010, Oakville became the first municipality in Ontario to establish a health protection air quality by-law. This by-law helps protect the health of Oakville residents from the effects of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) by collecting information on emissions from facilities within Oakville and implementing an approval process for major emitters.
“The premier and the minister of the environment, the Honourable John Wilkinson, have listened to the concerns of our community and are prepared to take concrete steps to address these concerns,” Mayor Burton said. “Canada should be leading the world in setting targets to improve air quality and we look forward to working with federal and provincial officials and members of the community to achieve this goal.”
The town will actively engage the public in all consultative activities around this initiative. Mayor Burton noted that the local community group, Citizens for Clean Air (C4CA), has already indicated their commitment to continue the fight to see real improvement take place in the Oakville-Clarkson airshed. “C4CA will be a key ally in helping us achieve change at the local level.”
For more information, read the motion passed at the January 17 Council meeting.
Director, Environmental Policy
Town of Oakville
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Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3038