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By Benjamin Schmidt
Missoula City-County Health Department Air Quality Specialist 

Woodstoves and Air Quality Update in Seeley Lake


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While Seeley Lake has significantly reduced the number of days above the PM2.5 standard since the woodstove change out that started in 2012, the progress has leveled off. The area still continues to exceed the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

SEELEY LAKE - With completion of the woodstove change out program, most areas in Seeley Lake appear to meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for small particulate matter in the air (PM2.5). However, more steps are needed to reduce woodstove smoke in the neighborhood near the elementary school.

The graph, "Seeley Lake Days Over the PM2.5 Standard by Winter Season," shows that progress has leveled off over the last couple of winters and the area continues to exceed the daily PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards

Because almost all the PM2.5 in Seeley Lake comes from woodstov...

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