Mapping PTPC Mill Odors & Fumes

How far does the mill’s plume extend? Where can I get away from it? We get that question a lot.

First, do your part by reporting  “This stinks! Who can I call?”

[Update, 2020-02-02. The project described here has closed, but this page has been preserved because it shows what can be done with community participation, and the maps here will give you a good indication of how far and wide the mill’s plume travels.]

These maps, below, give periodic snapshots of where people are report the mill’s nasty plume, starting from 2015.

It’s a community mapping project by people who joined the Facebook group MillOdorous, from 2015 (note: since this was written, the page has since closed down).

Members report where and when they experience the mill’s fumes, which gets “pinned” on a map. A volunteer periodically sends map updates to a host of officials and others who need to be aware that the mill’s fumes are an ongoing issue for us, and hopefully, will support them in acting to protect our collective well-being.

It’s a conversation: Lack of a pin doesn’t say “no smell here!” — not surprisingly pins ebb and flow as the winds shift seasonally, as well as when people learn about the project, and are in or out of town in a given month.

The big point, though, is presence of any pins says that the mill’s fumes go beyond their fenceline regularly and nearly constantly, and have negatively impact us and our lives.

We hope that over time, these build a fuller picture of the extent of the plume and seasonal shifts with the winds — and lead to action to reduce or eliminate the mill’s ongoing “toxic trespass”.

Hover over & click on the images below to view maps and their dates.

When odor and fumes that cross the fenceline from PTPC (Port Townsend Paper Corporation) and intrude on your day, report it to the WA Dept of Ecology.

See “This stinks! Who can I call?”

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