PTPC Pollution Reports

Numbers, numbers. 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?

Below are links to detail behind the aggregate totals show on our Data Summaries page. Orange text tells “what” that particular linked data is about.

Click on Data Sources to find online databases and other sources that PT AirWatchers and you can use to learn about Port Townsend Paper and how it affects the community.

Coming soon —

TRI – Table of Port Townsend Paper’s annual TRI for years 2008-2016.     POLLUTANTS TO AIR, WATER, LAND – ON-SITE AND OFF-SITE.

TRI, Toxic Release Inventory from the EPA, comprises about 14 air, water and land pollutants that damage health and environment, are either relatively easy to track or of particular concern (like dioxins and furans) and are chosen by EPA to also suggest the trend of all of the chemicals that a polluter puts out.

NEI – Table of PTPC’s triennial NEI report, 2008, 2011 and 2014.     AIR POLLUTANTS

NEI, National Emissions Inventory from the EPA, is air only, and is a triennial (1x every 3 years) report of air pollution emitted by Port Townsend Paper, that reports approximately 73 toxic or environmentally damaging chemicals, including HAPs/VOCs, criteria air pollutants, GHGs and, for cross-reference, the TRI

 

To come: fuels, where the waste that’s trucked off-site goes, more. Check back or check us out on Facebook to be apprised of updates.


Below is a picture of PTPC’s pollution in 2015. Scroll down to find the the specific chemicals that are being spewed, and how much of each.

Air:

◊ 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


Detail

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–
TOTAL –AIR– –WATER– –ON-SITE– –OFF-SITE–
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
ACETALDEHYDE 26,000 23,000 3,000 0 0
AMMONIA 102,262 72,250 30,000 0 12
CATECHOL 33 0 33 0 0
DIOXIN AND DIOXIN-LIKE COMPOUNDS ** ** ** ** **
FORMALDEHYDE 9,385 9,023 360 0 2
HYDROCHLORIC ACID (“ACID AEROSOLS” ONLY) 19,000 19,000 0 0 0
HYDROGEN SULFIDE 37,019 33,000 4,000 0 19
LEAD COMPOUNDS 3,156 90 81 2,900 85
MANGANESE COMPOUNDS 54,430 530 24,000 26,000 3,900
MERCURY 15 4 0 11 0
METHANOL 360,951 340,000 20,900 0 51
PHENOL 10,007 10,006 0 0 1
POLYCHLORINATED BIPHENYLS 0 0 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
Total TSP SO2 NOx VOC CO NH3
Tons 1,809 439 44 489 45 756 36
Pounds 3,618,000 878,000 88,000 978,000 90,000 1,512,000 72,000
\/ GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS \/
2015 Port Townsend Paper Corporation
*Source: http://ghgdata.epa.gov/ghgp/main.do
Figures are adjusted to CO2 equivalents at EPA site
TOTAL            1,145,386,000 POUNDS of GHGs in 2015
                       572,693 METRIC TONS
“Non-biogenic” Carbon Dioxide CO2 66,373
“Biogenic” CO2 CO2 503,134
Methane CH4 578
Nitrous Oxide N2O 2,608
       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