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Website Maps Air Polluters Across U.S.

There's been a surge of websites using Google Maps for environmental good. Joining the ranks is Planet Hazard, a website using the technology to map air polluters across the country.

The website uses data from the what is levitra EPA's National Emission Inventory Database to allow users to view polluters on a national, state, county or city level. Beyond the name and online viagra drugs location of the 86,320 polluters included, the exact pollutants being emitted and their quantities are listed for each company. The site includes a list of the top ten polluters in the country with Regional Sanitation District based in Elk Grove, Ca. topping the list. Ammonia makes up the largest chunk of its emissions.

I looked up my city and found the usual culprits like energy, industrial and manufacturing companies, but was surprised to overnight canadian viagra see all the buy cialis major hospitals listed. The main pollutants they are emitting are nitrogen oxides, most likely from burning fuel to heat the buildings. Of course, the hospitals significantly trail industrial sources in quantity of pollutants released.

The one thing to keep in mind is that the figures are from 2002, the last time that the EPA collected air emissions data, so it's possible that there are newer polluters that aren't included or that some of those listed are now closed. It's still a valuable resource for all of us who are interested in knowing exactly what is in the air we breathe and which companies are responsible.

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written by Joe O'Bannon, February 09, 2009
I checked out a few facilities I am familiar with and this database has too many shortcomings at this time. For instance, I tagged the Tobacco Industries for the State of California and got two facilities. Both were near Bakersfield, where I spent 20 years of my air quality career. The two companies were Bidart Brothers (a feed store) and a dairy.
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written by Carl, February 10, 2009
The definition of "top" apparently means sort by total of some unspecified unit (maybe pounds?) among all TRI-reported chemicals. For example, mercury and levitra price NOx are considered equal in rank, even though mercury is buy viagra canada highly toxic. You can't really get a sense of the relative health risk, smog-forming potential, etc. It's also not possible to put these into proportion of all sources, e.g. for NOx, how does this factility compare as a percentage of all sources-- e.g. all facilities, cars, houses, etc.

The interface is cute, but might be deceptive in singling out facilities that really aren't the top risks. It would be better to show top-10 by pollutant rather than combined, and maybe put the units in context as to risks and total amounts from all sources-- not just the selected facilities that report to the TRI.

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