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Federal

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has been monitoring trace metals in fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in the oil sands region since December 2010. Active PM2.5 sampling is collected at the Wood Buffalo Environmental Association (WBEA) Air Monitoring Stations: Mannix (AMS5), Lower Camp (AMS11) and Fort McKay South (AMS13; until March 2015), using the established protocols and schedule of the National Air Pollution Surveillance (NAPS) Program. In 2015, sampling began for PM2.5 and PM10-2.5 (coarse fraction) at the Fort McKay (AMS1), Wapasu (AMS17) and Stony Mountain (AMS18) sites. The data from the measurements conducted so far show that concentrations of metals decrease with distance from the main surface mining and upgrading activities, and that the crustal elements iron, silicon, aluminum, and calcium are present in greater abundance than other metals detected.

Last Updated: Jul. 24, 2019
Date Published: Apr. 1, 2014
Organization: Environment and Climate Change Canada
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Keywords:  deposition, particulate metals, active sampling, oil sands, fine particulate matter, PM2.5, modelling, air quality
Federal

Measurements of gaseous elemental mercury (GEM), gaseous oxidized mercury (GOM) and particulate bound mercury on PM2.5 (referred to as PBM2.5) were collected by Environment and Climate Change Canada from August to September 2013 at the Wood Buffalo Environmental Association (WBEA) Air Monitoring Station (AMS) 13 – Fort McKay South, and at WBEA AMS 4 – Buffalo Viewpoint. Monitoring resumed at WBEA AMS 13 in September 2014 with two speciated mercury instruments and is ongoing. One speciated mercury instrument monitors GEM, GOM, and PBM2.5; the second speciated mercury instrument monitors GEM, GOM, and mercury on PM10 (referred to as PBM10). These data are the first atmospheric speciated mercury measurements to be reported in the oil sands region.

Last Updated: Feb. 23, 2022
Date Published: Mar. 11, 2014
Organization: Environment and Climate Change Canada
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Keywords:  Oil sands, Air quality, Ambient air, speciated atmospheric mercury, particle composition, particulate matter, PM composition, CAPMoN, active sampling
Federal

Measurements of gaseous elemental mercury (GEM), gaseous oxidized mercury (GOM) and particulate bound mercury on PM2.5 (referred to as PBM) are currently collected by Environment and Climate Change Canada at a Wood Buffalo Environmental Association (WBEA) Air Monitoring Station (AMS). Preliminary, three-hour averaged speciated mercury data from the oil sands region are available for WBEA AMS 13 – Fort McKay South, located near Fort McKay, Alberta. There are no Environment and Climate Change Canada or Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) air quality guidelines, nor Alberta Ambient Air Quality Objectives for speciated Hg measurements. The monitoring follows the established Canadian Air and Precipitation Monitoring Network (CAPMoN) standard operating procedures.

Last Updated: Feb. 23, 2022
Date Published: Oct. 20, 2017
Organization: Environment and Climate Change Canada
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Keywords:  Ambient air, speciated atmospheric mercury, particle composition, particulate matter, PM composition, CAPMoN, active sampling, oil sands, fine particulate matter
Federal

Total gaseous mercury (TGM) data are collected by Environment and Climate Change Canada at two Wood Buffalo Environmental Association (WBEA) Air Monitoring Stations (AMS). The instrument at WBEA AMS 11 was relocated to WBEA AMS 13 in Spring 2014. TGM data from the oil sands region are available for: WBEA AMS 6 - Patricia McInnes, located in Fort McMurray, Alberta, starting in October 2010; WBEA AMS 11 – Lower Camp, located approximately 30km north of Fort McMurray, for the period December 2012 to March 2014; WBEA AMS 13 – Fort McKay South, located near Fort McKay, starting in June 2014. The TGM concentrations reported are comparable to those measured at sites across Canada (Cole et al., Atmosphere 2014, 5(3), 635-668).

Last Updated: Feb. 23, 2022
Date Published: Feb. 9, 2016
Organization: Environment and Climate Change Canada
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Keywords:  Oil sands, Air quality, Ambient air, total gaseous mercury, CAPMoN, active sampling, oil sands, trace gases, Fort McKay
Federal

Environment Canada has been monitoring ambient air in the oil sands region for polycyclic aromatic compounds (PACs) since December 2010. Ambient air samples collected using the established protocols and schedule of the National Air Pollution Surveillance (NAPS) program are termed active PAC samples. Active sampling is done at three sites (Mannix [AMS5], Lower Camp [AMS11] and Fort McKay South [AMS13], Alberta). Ambient air concentrations in the oil sands region can be used to evaluate regional differences in PAC concentrations and can be compared with levels of PACs measured in other parts of Canada and to ambient air quality objectives.

Last Updated: Jul. 22, 2019
Date Published: Nov. 10, 2015
Organization: Environment and Climate Change Canada
Formats: CSV
Keywords:  Deposition, polycyclic aromatic compounds, active sampling, oil sands, modelling, alkylated PAHs, PACs, benzo(a)pyrene, air quality
Federal

Monitoring of volatile organic compounds (VOC) was initiated by Environment and Climate Change Canada at the Wood Buffalo Environmental Association (WBEA) Air Monitoring Station (AMS) 1 – Bertha Ganter, in Fort McKay, Alberta in October 2011. The VOC compounds that are currently being measured at AMS 1 are benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, m,p-xylenes, and o-xylene (BTEX).

All of the validated VOC maximum hourly concentrations are below the hourly Alberta Ambient Air Quality Objectives (AAAQOs). The annual mean benzene concentrations are also below the annual AAAQO for benzene.

Last Updated: Jul. 21, 2019
Date Published: Jul. 19, 2016
Organization: Environment and Climate Change Canada
Formats: CSV
Keywords:  Oil sands, Air quality, Ambient air, active sampling, oil sands, volatile organic compounds, VOC, trace gases, Alberta Ambient Air Quality Objectives
Federal

Total gaseous mercury (TGM) data are currently collected by Environment and Climate Change Canada at two Wood Buffalo Environmental Association (WBEA) Air Monitoring Stations (AMS). Preliminary, hourly averaged TGM data from the oil sands region are available for: WBEA AMS 6 - Patricia McInnes, located in Fort McMurray, Alberta, and WBEA AMS 13 – Fort McKay South, located near Fort McKay, Alberta. There are no Environment and Climate Change Canada or Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) air quality guidelines, nor Alberta Ambient Air Quality Objectives, for TGM. The monitoring follows the established Canadian Air and Precipitation Monitoring Network (CAPMoN) standard operating procedures.

Last Updated: Feb. 23, 2022
Date Published: Oct. 20, 2017
Organization: Environment and Climate Change Canada
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Keywords:  Ambient air, total gaseous mercury, CAPMoN, active sampling, oil sands, trace gases, Fort McKay, Fort McMurray, Oil sands
Federal

Ecosystem Sites, Volatile Organic Compounds – Preliminary Data, Oil Sands Region
Volatile organic compounds (VOC) data are currently collected by Environment and Climate Change Canada at a Wood Buffalo Environmental Association (WBEA) Air Monitoring Station (AMS). As of September 27, 2017, raw, hourly averaged, near real-time VOC data from the oil sands region are available for WBEA AMS 25 – Waskow Ohci Pimatisiwin, located in Fort McKay, Alberta. Prior to this date, this instrument was measuring VOCs at WBEA AMS 1 – Bertha Ganter, also located in Fort McKay, Alberta. The VOCs that are currently being measured at AMS 25 are benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, m,p-xylenes, o-xylene, styrene, n-hexane, n-heptane, n-octane, 2-methylpentane, and methylcyclohexane.

Last Updated: Jul. 21, 2019
Date Published: Oct. 20, 2017
Organization: Environment and Climate Change Canada
Formats: HTML
Keywords:  Ambient air, active sampling, oil sands, volatile organic compounds, VOC, trace gases, Alberta Ambient Air Quality Objectives, Fort McKay, Oil sands
Federal

Contained within the 3rd Edition (1957) of the Atlas of Canada is six maps that show the humidity and fog occurrences across Canada. Two maps on the top that show the mean mixing ratios for January and July, respectively. Mixing ratio is defined as the ratio of the mass of the water vapor to the mass of dry air in a unit volume. The two mixing ratio maps on this plate are based on observations taken at midnight, 6 a.m., noon, and 6 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time over the ten year period from 1941 to 1950 inclusive.

Last Updated: Mar. 14, 2022
Date Published: Jan. 1, 1957
Organization: Natural Resources Canada
Formats: PDF JPG
Keywords:  climate, climate archives, meteorology
Federal

From August 10 to September 10, 2013, ground-based monitoring was significantly augmented at the Fort McKay South site (AMS13) to measure additional air pollutants and meteorological properties beyond what was available from the established long-term air quality monitoring in the area. This air monitoring study, undertaken in parallel with measurements from an aircraft flying over and downwind of the oil sands, was designed to gain a clearer picture of the mixture of air pollutants produced from different oil sands related activities and how they react and are transported in the atmosphere. These data are used to improve the capability of air quality models to determine current and future air pollutant levels and amounts of atmospheric deposition of pollutants over and downwind of the oil sands region. Periods of elevated pollutant concentrations were observed; however, none of these surpassed the current short duration (hourly, 8 hour or 24 hour) federal and provincial standards.

Last Updated: Feb. 21, 2019
Date Published: May 13, 2016
Organization: Environment and Climate Change Canada
Formats: CSV
Keywords:  Ambient air, ozone, total gaseous mercury, sulphur dioxide, particle composition, particulate matter (PM), PM composition, polycyclic aromatic compounds, oil sands
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