Air Quality in Victoria; How Industrial Plants Have an Impact

Victoria Environmental Services posted an article on Facebook titled ‘How to Manage the Polluted Air You Breathe’, showing air quality reports and issues from around the world.

With several plants here in Victoria, Victoria Environmental Services on how these plants affect our air quality.

“In terms of air quality we are looking at ozone levels,” Victoria Environmental Services Program Coordinator, Kate Garcia said.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Calculates the air quality index on five major air pollutants, ground level ozone, particle pollution, carbon monoxide, sulfur and nitrogen dioxide. Victoria only measures ozone layers.

Ozone levels are measured by parts per billion.

A part per billion is one part of something in one billion parts of something else, like a grain of salt in a billion grains of sugar.

Scientists base air measurements on how many molecules of contaminant vapor are present in a billion molecules of air.

That’s equivalent to one foot of a trip to the moon.

To meet federal regulation, cities must be below 70 parts per billion.

“So, currently our design value is at 62 at it stands today,” Garcia said.

A large part of air pollution comes from industrial plants but here in Victoria we do meet the federal ozone regulations.

“The plants that we have around us are accounted for in our 62 design value. So, even if with all the industry around us we’re still well below that 70 parts per billion,” Garcia said.

Vehicles also affect our air quality.

“The main contributor other than plants to ozone pre-cursors which are the things that create ozone are on road vehicles. So that’s me and you driving places. There’s no one telling you cant go this place you can only drive for two hours or you can only drive for three blocks,” Garcia said.

You should reduce your use of combustion engines which include cars, lawn mowers and motorcycles