Diesel engines contributing to smog problem

Vehicle exhaust, especially from diesel engines, has to be an contributing factor

Diesel engines contributing to smog problem

Diesel engines contributing to smog problem

I would like to make a few comments on the continuing debate on air quality in the Cowichan Valley.

The burning of debris from land clearing, brush piles from winter storms and heating homes with wood stoves is an ongoing problem.

The one thing I have not seen mentioned is the fact that 10,000 to 15,000 vehicles pass through our Valley every day. Vehicle exhaust, especially from diesel engines, may not be as visible as wood smoke but it has to be an contributing factor to air pollution when conditions are right. You only have to look at some of the big cities around the world to see how bad smog can become.

If we could block off the highway just north of Ladysmith and south of Mill Bay I am sure we could all breathe a little bit easier.

Robert Nimmo

Cowichan