The study examined 172 air quality and odour complaints that are related to local oil sands mining operations and that were received by the AER from the Fort McKay community over a five-year period. It also looked at industry performance monitoring data and regulatory requirements, ambient air quality monitoring data, and air quality and odour thresholds.
The study found the following:
As a result of these findings, 17 recommendations were made to help improve air quality and odours. The recommendations are outlined in the report, Fort McKay Recurrent Human Health Complaints Technical Synthesis, and are focused on the following:
While the work done to assess complaints from the Fort McKay community and to provide recommendations to help improve air quality and odours is a step in the right direction, it’s only the beginning of our journey to resolve these concerns. There is significant work ahead of us, and it will take time to implement the recommendations. However, all parties involved remain committed to working together to make the necessary changes to address air-quality and odour concerns in Fort McKay.