Air Pollution Dropping

Air quality across southwestern Ontario is improving thanks to efforts on both sides of the border.

Chatham-Kent Public Health Manager of Environmental Programs Rosemarie Arndt says it’s a slow process. “Today there are no coal plants in Ontario so there is a huge reduction of pollutants in the air,” says Arndt. “There’s been a connection between the governments of Canada and the U.S. and they’ve made agreements and changes and today, 40 years later we’re starting to see improvements.”

Sulpher dioxide levels have dropped between about 60% in Canada in the last 40 years and nitrogen oxide levels have dropped 40%.

Environment Canada runs two air testing sites in Chatham-Kent.