EPA’s ECHO database (Environmental Compliance History Online) yields some great information once you get exploring around in it. An EPA official showed me that by following the “Facility Search” link, it brought me to a page that combines annual pollution data for Port Townsend Paper that is collected through three EPA programs (TRI, NAAQS and GHG), and presents several years worth in a single, clean table. As of this writing (2017-12-31!) it provides 2007-2016.
That table is linked here:
TRI, GHG, Criteria Pollutants – what are they?
The 13 TRI chemicals that PTPC is required to report are:
Acetaldehyde, ammonia, catechol, dioxin and dioxin-like compounds, formaldehyde, hydrochloric acid “aerosols”, lead compounds, manganese compounds, methanol, naphthalene, phenol, polychlorinated biphenyls, and polycyclic aromatic compounds.
PTPC emits over 1 Billion pounds of greenhouse gases every year.
Greenhouse gases are emitted in large quantities and contribute to climate change, acid rain and subsequent health and environmental problems.
When you look up PTPC’s data at the data link above, close the front pop-up box, and don’t believe the first CO2 total that comes up (around 60-70,000 tons per year). You’ll have to click through to the actual data (480-650,000 tons per year, nearly 10x as much).
This is where you are introduced to the concepts of “biogenic” and “non-biogenic”. “Biogenic” is a marketing term, an accounting trick that allow industries to claim an apparent reduction in CO2 emissions without actually releasing any less CO2 (or even increasing it), simply by shifting their fuel mix. You may be interested to see how this plays out by viewing PT AirWatchers’ chart entitled “How to reduce CO2 emissions by 20% without removing any CO2 from the Air“, which was made after EPA released its data from the first year of required CO2 reporting (2010).