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Air Monitoring

The Nain Research Centre, in partnership with Environment and Climate Change Canada, are conducting Passive Air Monitoring. This project is funded through the Northern Contaminants Program. This study is to determine how much Industrial pollution affects Northern ecosystems, focusing on concentrations of mercury and Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). Nain and North West River are the two locations in Nunatsiavut for this study, there are several locations across the North. Passive sampling refers to collecting contaminants from the air on a trap that sits out in the open without any help of pumps that pull air in. There are two types of filters: One filter is changed every three months and anaylzed for seasonal variation and the other filter is changed once a year and contributes to the Global Atmospheric Passive Sampling (GAPS) network. All sample are sent to Environment and Climate Change Canada labs in Toronto for analysis. The project will ramp up over 3-4 years, eventually producing air concentrations of multiple pollutants at a network of sites across the north. Results should be available by the end of 2017 and will be posted here once available.