Deposition, Oil Sands Region

Air emissions from oil sands development can come from a number of sources including industrial smokestacks, tailings ponds, transportation, and dust from mining operations. Air quality monitoring under the Joint Canada-Alberta Implementation Plan for the Oil Sands is designed to determine the contribution of emissions from oil sands activities to local and regional air quality and atmospheric deposition both now and in the future. Deposition data include:

- Passive Sampling of PACs deployed for two month periods across a network of 17 sites

- Active sampling of PACs at three sites to inform the amount of dry deposition

- Particulate metals (24 hour integrated samples following the one in six day National Air Pollution Surveillance (NAPS) cycle)



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