Well, no. The news from BC Lung is good, but not that good. See page 10 of this report. Basically for the reporting year 2013, NewPro’s last year of operation, Smithers was the second most polluted town in BC for PM2.5 levels. Then in 2014 with NewPro shut down we dropped to number eight position in the province. And that’s in the presence of big time forest fire smoke, too.
But there’s a way to get back up the charts! Just approve pellet production from the defunct (and contaminated?) site of the old panelboard plant and watch that ranking pick up!