Analysis and Air Quality Division, Environmental Technology Centre, Environment Canada

Data Center Description
The ANALYSIS AND AIR QUALITY DIVISION analyses a variety of
samples, primarily ambient air samples but also including
samples from industrial sources, wastes and
effluents. Divisional staff developed analytical methods for
regulations and quality assurance programs suitable to specific
sample types to assist in developing and implementing
departmental regulations. The Division also coordinates the
operation of the federal provincial National Air Pollution
Surveillance (NAPS) Network. The NAPS network consists of
almost 400 monitoring instruments located at 140 sites in 52
major urban areas across Canada. Pollution measurement
methodologies for ambient air, both in situ and laboratory, are
developed and evaluated in support of the NAPS
network. Research is also undertaken in assessing trends in
major air pollutants. To support these two major thrusts, the
division?s labs specialize in Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)
analysis, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), dioxins an d
nitro-PAH compounds using high-resolution GC-MS (gas
chromatography-mass spectroscopy), metals and elements by X-ray
fluorescence spectroscopy, and ions by ion chromatography and
capillary electrophoresis. Research is conducted into new
techniques, especially applications of MAP? (Microwave Assisted
Process), GC-AED (Atomic Emission Detector), identification of
volatile compounds in air, vehicle exhausts, and applications
of capillary electrophoresis and GC-MS.

Website: http://www.etcentre.org/organization/aaqd_e.html

[Summary provided by Government of Canada, Environment Canada,
Environmental Technology Centre, Analysis and Air Quality
Division.]