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Montreal air quality to be worst in eight years in 2023 due to historic wildfires

Montreal air quality to be worst in eight years in 2023 due to historic wildfires
Montreal air quality to be worst in eight years in 2023 due to historic wildfires

By means of Canadian Press

July 9, 2024 | 10:58 AM

MONTREAL — Montreal’s air was the most polluted last year since 2015, thanks to Quebec’s historic wildfire season.

The city’s annual air quality report, published this week, found that particulate matter pollution rose to its highest level in eight years in 2023.

Air quality in Montreal improved between 2014 and 2016, partly because many coal-fired power plants in the United States closed.

The city experienced its worst smog days on June 25 and 26 last year, due to heavy smoke from the wildfires. By the end of the season, more than 4.3 million hectares in the province had been burned to ashes, the largest area ever measured.