posted on 7:27 PM, July 6, 2016
Project leader: Rebecca Abernethy
The objective of this project is to provide a replicable framework and set of tools for assessing open burning practices in the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) and to present novel options for reducing emissions and associated negative impacts from these practices in the FVRD. This project will quantify what is being burned, by whom and why (through development and execution of surveying and other methods) and what the impact is on air emissions and ambient air quality (including the development of a simple tool to project impacts from future potential open burns). It will specify novel best management practices and policy options for reducing open burning prevalence and its impact. This work may also identify and address gaps in the existing Provincial Open Burning and Smoke Control Regulation and address issues specific to this region.
This research project will significantly benefit not only the FVRD, but also other communities. It will do so through its replicable methodology, tools for assessing open burning situations, recommendations for best management practices, and policy options to reduce impacts from open burning.