Council considers report on poor air quality
Ways to improve Tokoroa’s air quality will be discussed at a South Waikato District Council meeting tomorrow.
The meeting of the council’s Community and Assets Committee will consider a report by air quality specialists Environet.
The report outlines the causes of Tokoroa’s poor air quality during winter and ways of improving the situ- ation. The biggest problem for Tokoroa comes from PM10, fine particles in air which are invisible to the eye.
Tokoroa breached the national standard of 50 micrograms per cubic metre at least 16 times this winter with one occasion in July recorded levels almost twice the national standard.
The Environet report said 86 per cent of the PM10 was from the burning of solid fuels in homes. A further seven per cent comes from cars, six per cent from outdoor fires and one per cent from industry.
The report considered several options for improving air quality in Tokoroa. These included banning the use of open fires, phasing out wood burners, prohibiting the installation of wood burners, providing incentives to install insulation and cleaner heating methods in homes and education around the use of wood burners.
South Waikato District Council provides $ 200,000 towards the insulation of homes in the district under the Warm Homes Clean Air project.
Close to 700 homes have been insulated since the programme started in 2004.