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Ambient Air Quality Objectives

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Ambient air quality objectives (AQOs), based on causal relationships between air pollution and environmental effects, are the cornerstone of air management. Nationally, Canada pioneered a three-tier framework in the 1970s, then experimented with a different approach, and is now moving to a structure echoing the original. A fully formulated ambient air quality objective has four main components—indicator, magnitude, averaging time, statistical form—and three supporting components—attainment date, endpoint, and measurement method. AQOs are developed following a three-stage risk paradigm consisting of prioritization, risk assessment and risk management. Reviewing scientific effects literature for a risk assessment is a challenging task in the selection of endpoints and the weighting of evidence. Provincial AQOs exist for a broad array of pollutants.

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Angle, R. (2014). Ambient Air Quality Objectives. In: Taylor, E., McMillan, A. (eds) Air Quality Management. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-7557-2_14

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