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Air Monitoring Will Continue for 12 Months

As the results of the Beachville Air Quality Assessment come out, public health have decided to continue monitoring air quality in Oxford.

BEACHVILLE - A public meeting was held at the Colombo Club in Beachville to discuss the results of the air quality report.

The assessment itself began in late 2014 and ran through 2015. The air was sampled at seven different sites located throughout the area. Peter Heywood, Manager of Health Protection with the county, tells us one of the biggest highlights of the report:

"For the most part, everything was below the Canadian-wide Standards. We did identify sporadic and episodic type of dust events, relatively with short duration and frequency as well."

Heywood adds they hope to learn more about these dust events in the future.

"We're going to continue with the air monitoring for another 12 months, to really gain an enhanced understanding of the duration and frequency of dust events in the Beachville area."

They are also going to be looking at land use policies for new quarry applications so they can consider requiring air monitoring for new applications. Heywood says they will be also doing a health surveillance system.

"We're going to be doing a health surveillance system called Oxford Health Matters. We're going to gain additional knowledge about air quality not only in Beachville but in Oxford County."

There was a panel of experts at the meeting, who addressed all of the questions and concerns the public had.

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