How much pollution does Port Townsend Paper report pouring over our air, land and water? What fuels do they use? Does their pollution track production?
The main data page is the good place to get started. It provides links to good pages to get an overview of Port Townsend Paper and its pollution.
Data Sources goes into a little depth about some of the types of data that you can get from agencies, and definitions that will be helpful in accessing it.
Below is a (poorly formatted*) sample of Port Townsend’s TRI report. *Website building is a journey.
TRI – Table of Port Townsend Paper’s annual TRI for years 2008-2016.
TRI, Toxic Release Inventory from the EPA, is a small set of the pollutants that an industry emits that serves as a rough indicator of any trends at a particular. It includes 14 air, water and land pollutants that damage health and environment, and are either relatively easy to track or of particular concern (like dioxins and furans).
A much larger list of some 73 chemicals is tracked every three years, and can be seen by looking at the EPA’s NEI (National Emissions Inventory) database.
So, PTPC reports about 500,000 pounds of TRI chemicals annually, which is a representative sample of about 4million pounds of chemicals that PTPC spews, and reports in their triennial NEI report, plus indicators for water and land pollution.
NEI – Table of PTPC’s triennial NEI report, 2008, 2011 and 2014. Air only.
NEI, National Emissions Inventory from the EPA,air only, a triennial (1x every 3 years) report of air pollution emitted by Port Townsend Paper, that includes some 73 toxic or environmentally damaging chemicals, including HAPs/VOCs, criteria air pollutants, GHGs and, for cross-reference, the TRI.
All of these are yet a subset of other statistics about Port Townsend Paper’s heavy footprint.
An overview PTPC’s pollution in 2015 with quantities. Over the last decade or so, they’ve stayed pretty much in the same ballpark on all of these chemicals.
◊ TRI/Hazardous air pollutants — 506,920 pounds
◊ Criteria pollutants — 3,618,000 pounds
◊ Greenhouse gases — 1,145,386,000 pounds (yes! over 1 Billion pounds of GHGs annually)
Water: 82,384 pounds into Port Townsend Bay, mixed with heated water
Landfill, on-site: 28,928 pounds
Landfill, off-site: 4,070 pounds
Sludge from the ASB/”ponds”: so far unaccounted for!
EPA’s overview page for PTPC, 2015: https://iaspub.epa.gov/triexplorer/tri_factsheet.factsheet?pzip=98368&pyear=2015&pParent=TRI&pDataSet=TRIQ1
|Port Townsend Paper Corporation REPORTED POLLUTION 2015|
|TRI, Criteria and Greenhouse Gas pollutants. Other pollution may be reported under other EPA or WA Dept of Ecology Programs.|
|Chart prepared by PT AirWatchers from WA Ecology & EPA online datasets|
|\/ TRI=EPA Toxic Release Inventory \/|
|2015 Port Townsend Paper Corporation||–LAND–|
|Chemical||On- & Off-site||Point Source + Fugitive||Surface Water||OnSite Landfill||Hauled off site|
|Total TRI Emissions in POUNDS||622,292||506,920||82,374||28,928||4,070|
|DIOXIN AND DIOXIN-LIKE COMPOUNDS||**||**||**||**||**|
|HYDROCHLORIC ACID (“ACID AEROSOLS” ONLY)||19,000||19,000||0||0||0|
|POLYCYCLIC AROMATIC COMPOUNDS||34||17||0||17||0|
|^Ash and other process wastes|
|^Too toxic to dump on-site, trucked “somewhere”|
|Dioxins & dioxin-like chemicals are reported in GRAMS because of their EXTREME TOXICITY. These are persistent and cumulative.|
|DIOXIN AND DIOXIN-LIKE COMPOUNDS||0.69952||0.32876||-0-||0.042||-0-|
|*Source:||EPA TRI Explorer|
|Port Townsend Paper is the only TRI-reporting facility in zip code 98368, so a zipcode lookup can be used.|
|Emissions from the ASB/aerated stabilization basin may “not yet” be included in these reportings, based on communications with Ecology.|
|This 35-acre production waste treatment basin is one of the top 3 identifiable sources of mill stink.|
|\/ CRITERIA POLLUTANTS, aka “NAAQS” \/|
|2015 Port Townsend Paper Corporation|
|\/ GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS \/|
|2015 Port Townsend Paper Corporation|
|Figures are adjusted to CO2 equivalents at EPA site|
|TOTAL||1,145,386,000||POUNDS of GHGs in 2015|
|“Non-biogenic” Carbon Dioxide||CO2||66,373|
|Fuels Used are Distillate Fuel Oil No. 2, reprocessed fuel oil (waste oil), wood and wood residuals (dry basis)|
|“wood” includes cardboard recycling rejects (plastic coatings, etc.), fresh timber and construction site wastes|
|“Biogenic” and “non-biogenic” are a marketing distinction, to obscure industries’ total CO2 emissions|