News releases and announcements
Jan. 4, 2016 - It's ok to burn, but please keep it clean - Weather service air stagnation advisory canceled
Dec. 29, 2015 - Choose clean air: Consider not burning through Monday - Temperature inversion prompts air stagnation advisory
Dec. 21, 2015 - National air toxics data suggests transportation, wood smoke pose highest health risk
Local counties’ average risk lower than dense urban areas
Nov. 29, 2015 - Still no burn ban but please don't burn - NWCAA can call burn bans when conditions warrant
Nov. 25 - Choose a different kind of cozy this holiday weekend - consider alternatives to wood heating when air is stagnant
Oct. 1, 2015 - EPA strengthens ozone standards to protect public health
Sept. 3, 2015 - Fire safety burn ban updates - State and local fire officials in our area are updating local bans on outdoor burning. Note that these burn bans are not called by NWCAA because of air quality:
Sept. 1, 2015 - Air quality update
Air quality is back to being good throughout our jurisdiction following recent wind and rain storms. But wildfires continue to burn, so be sure to keep checking our monitors often, and follow the state health guidance. We'll post updates here and on our Facebook page.
July 24, 2015 - Air quality readings good during Shell refinery flare incident
May 13, 2015 - State of the Air 2015 – National report highlights clean air in Whatcom, Skagit counties
March 9, 2015 - NWCAA awards Tony's Coffee top air quality honor
Feb. 20, 2015 - We are investigating the cause of strong chemical odors emitted from the Shell Puget Sound Refinery this afternoon. Our agency received at least 13 reports of offensive odors between 3:45 and 4:30 p.m. Affected areas include the Swinomish Indian Reservation and La Conner.
We are in contact with the refinery and an air quality inspector was on scene to conduct an initial investigation.
The Skagit County Department of Emergency Management has issued an alert saying the odor should dissipate, and advising those who feel their health is affected to call 911 or visit a hospital.