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Annual sector air quality index statistics for 2007

 

In 2007, the AQI was calculated for 17 urban sectors and air quality varied significantly from one sector to another. For many, the percentage of days where air quality was “poor*” rose above 20%. The situation was similar to that of 2006.

Unlike regional statistics, which are based on uniform measurements of fine particles and ozone, statistics for sectors may include measurements of a pollutant that is emitted locally and which is not included in regional statistics. This means that the AQI value for a sector may differ from the index for the overall region.

Local sources of air emissions that affect a sector’s AQI can vary from one location to another.

* Occurs where the concentration of fine particles is above at least 35 µg/m3 (over a three-hour period) or the hourly ozone concentration is above at least 82 ppb at at least one station in the region.


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