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?
Links below provide detail for aggregate totals shown 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.
◊ 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|