Archive for the ‘Air Quality’ Category

Subsidies for Clean Heat Conversions

12 August 2010

You may have read that Environment Canterbury has reduced the funding for subsidising clean heat conversions in this financial year.

That is true, but it applies only to Christchurch.  The funding made available for Kaiapoi and Rangiora has more than doubled.

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Air Pollution – Kaiapoi and Rangiora Not Looking Too Good

2 August 2010

High pollution nights – from the ECan website

Location Pollution Level Yesterday No. of High Pollution Nights Highest Pollution Level 2nd Highest Pollution Level
Rangiora 7 10 91 84
Kaiapoi 8 23 98 95
Christchurch – St Albans* 8 12 90 72
Christchurch – Burnside** -1 6 62 59
Christchurch – Woolston 19 13 100 92
Ashburton 9 10 79 77
Timaru – Anzac Park* 33 44 148 124
Timaru – Washdyke 18 4 56 55
Waimate 22 8 97 69
Geraldine 8 3 58 57

How’s Our Air This Winter?

7 July 2010

High pollution nights – so far this winter

All monitored areas are included so that Kaiapoi and Rangiora can be compared with the rest of Canterbury.  You can check daily at http://ecan.govt.nz/services/online-services/monitoring/air-pollution/Pages/high-pollution-nights.aspx on the ECan website.

Location Pollution Level Yesterday No. of High Pollution Nights Highest Pollution Level 2nd Highest Pollution Level
Rangiora 63 6 91 63
Kaiapoi 51 15 98 80
Christchurch – St Albans* 25 6 72 71
Christchurch – Burnside** -1 1 62 49
Christchurch – Woolston 28 5 100 71
Ashburton 49 4 64 64
Timaru – Anzac Park* 60 28 148 124
Timaru – Washdyke 26 3 56 54
Waimate 39 5 97 69
Geraldine 48 2 58 57

Rangiora Exceeds the Air Pollution Threshold for the First Time This Winter

5 August 2009

Last Sunday night brought Rangiora its first air pollution exceedence of the winter.

The deadline for not polluting the air is next winter (2010) although ECan say they will not prosecute until winter 2011. Note that you don’t have to get rid of your open fire or non-complying burner – just that you are not allowed to use it.  If you avail yourself of one of the financial assistance packages, you do have to disable your non-complying fireplace or burner.

The only exception is for homes listed in the Waimakariri District Plan as heritage buildings.  If that seems unfair, remebre those people have, in other respects, rules applying to their properties that do not apply to the rest of us.

Location Pollution Level Yesterday No. of High Pollution Nights Highest Pollution Level 2nd Highest Pollution Level
Rangiora 11 1 53 50
Kaiapoi 18 21 86 80
Christchurch – St Albans* 11 12 86 83
Christchurch – Burnside 11 7 107 72
Christchurch – Woolston 21 15 88 88
Ashburton 16 4 64 60
Timaru – Anzac Park* 31 25 135 98
Timaru – Washdyke 18 1 55 50
Waimate 27 5 67 62
Geraldine 22 4 59 57

Why Has ECan Given Kaiapoi an Air Quality Reprieve, but Not Rangiora?

15 July 2009

Kaiapoi and Ashburton have been given an extra year by ECan to meet national air quality standards – but not Rangiora yet.

Rangiora hasn’t had its air standards promulgated yet, because, apparently, someone has appealed against them.

However, with zero pollution exceedences so far this year, we have to wonder what is going on in Rangiora.  Perhaps the town has switched to heat pumps big time.  Or maybe, it’s just good luck with the weather.  We can’t expect Rangiora to go though the winter without having some nights with high pollution levels!

Latest ECan Pollution Report (13 July)

13 July 2009

High pollution nights for 2009

Location Pollution Level Yesterday No. of High Pollution Nights Highest Pollution Level 2nd Highest Pollution Level
Rangiora 19 0 50 49
Kaiapoi 21 13 86 78
Christchurch – St Albans* 15 8 86 83
Christchurch – Burnside -1 5 107 72
Christchurch – Woolston 7 14 88 88
Ashburton 9 3 64 57
Timaru – Anzac Park* 16 15 93 93
Timaru – Washdyke 7 1 55 50
Waimate 10 3 67 62
Geraldine 14 3 59 56

   

Latest Air Pollution Figures from ECan (8 July)

8 July 2009
Location Pollution Level Yesterday No. of High Pollution Nights Highest Pollution Level 2nd Highest Pollution Level
Rangiora 32 0 49 48
Kaiapoi 39 11 86 78
Christchurch – St Albans* 37 7 86 83
Christchurch – Burnside 51 5 107 72
Christchurch – Woolston 26 13 88 88
Ashburton 17 3 64 57
Timaru – Anzac Park* 50 12 93 93
Timaru – Washdyke 17 1 55 50
Waimate 25 3 67 62
Geraldine 27 3 59 56

ECan’s Air Pollution Records – As of 10 June 09

11 June 2009
Location Pollution Level Yesterday No. of High Pollution Nights Highest Pollution Level 2nd Highest Pollution Level
Rangiora 29 0 48 48
Kaiapoi 39 6 86 68
Christchurch – St Albans* 24 3 83 75
Christchurch – Burnside -1 3 107 61
Christchurch – Woolston 35 6 88 88
Ashburton 12 1 55 43
Timaru – Anzac Park* 88 4 93 88
Timaru – Washdyke 42 1 55 49
Waimate 55 1 55 43
Geraldine 46 1 59 47

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