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5 Jun 2013

Québec shares its air emission monitoring expertise with Chile

Guy Chouinard, CEAEQ Director General, and Juan Carlos Monckeberg, Chilean Environmental Superintendent, at the signing of an environmental cooperation partnership agreement

The Centre d’expertise en analyse environnementale du Québec (CEAEQ) received Juan Carlos Monckeberg, the Environmental Superintendent of Chile, and Rodrigo Romero, the head of the Air Quality Monitoring Network of the Ministry of the Environment of Chile in May.

The purpose of their mission was to sign a memorandum of understanding on measures related to the monitoring of industrial air emissions.

This MOU, which follows the agreement signed in 2012 between the Québec Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs (MDDEP) and the Chilean Ministry of the Environment, deals with air and water quality and waste monitoring.

CEAEQ specialists used the opportunity to present one of their main tools for monitoring air emissions, the mobile air emission analysis laboratory (LARA). LARA can perform analyses to ensure environmental compliance with the laws and regulations governing various industries, including:

  • Pulp and paper plants
  • Aluminum smelters
  • Steel mills
  • Cement plants
  • Hazardous material incinerators
  • Oil refineries

CEAEQ is a specialized agency of MDDEFP and has maintained a collaborative relationship with Chile for over 10 years. This new partnership will position Québec’s climate change and air pollution expertise favourably in South America.

More generally, Québec and Chile have developed cooperative ties since 1993 in a number of fields, including education, regional development, academic training, the development of small and medium-sized enterprises and the management of natural resources.

The mobile air emission analysis laboratory (LARA) is operated by a specialized team. LARA is fitted with a complete range of sampling equipment and measuring instruments.

Centre d’expertise en analyse environnementale du Québec
International agreements between Québec and Chile (in French)
LARA mobile laboratory (in French)
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