PTPC Pollution Reports

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.

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