Why monitor volatile organic compounds?
While there has been no historical information to indicate that volatile organic compound concentrations in Fort Saskatchewan are unacceptable, our region is home to a large concentration of chemical industry. This monitoring program will provide all of us with valuable information about the nature and behavior of these air pollutants in an industrial setting. This information can then be used by governments, industry and residents to better manage and improve regional air quality, and to protect our environment and public health. Monitoring volatile organic compounds is important because in sunlight they can react with other substances to form ozone and photochemical smog and because they can negatively affect humans, animals or vegetation, depending on their concentrations and the duration of exposure to them. Some individual volatile organic compounds are known or suspected of having direct toxic effects on humans and the environment and have been declared toxic under the Canadian E