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created May 14 2015

updated Dec 28 2016

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This map shows the air emissions reported by major industrial, commercial, and institutional facilities that have an Air Operating Permit (AOP). Each major facility is represented by an icon that, when clicked, shows the annual tons of pollutants (Carbon Monoxide, Volatile Organic Compounds, Nitrogen Oxides, Ammonia, Coarse Particles, Fine Particles, and Sulfur Dioxide) and greenhouse gases (Carbon Dioxide, Methane, Nitrous Oxide, and Fluorocarbons) emitted into the air. All air pollutant values are from the 2011 Comprehensive Emissions Inventory. All greenhouse gas (GHG) values are from the 2012 Preliminary GHG Reporting Data.
The Air Operating Permit (AOP) Regulation Program requires a permit for a facility if it has the potential to annually emit more than 100 US tons per year of any regulated air pollutant. The GHG Reporting Program requires reports from facilities that emit more than 10,000 metric tons (11,023 US tons) per year of CO2-equivalent GHGs. Note that not all AOP sources are required to report GHGs. See the About Tab for links to more information.

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http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/air/airhome.html
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All Values are in (US) Tons Per Year
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These facilities combined emitted ~50% of the Sulfur Dioxide, ~10% of the Nitrogen Oxides, and 5% or less of the other regulated pollutants for Washington State. For perspective, a typical car emits 250 lbs/yr of carbon monoxide, 18 lbs/yr of nitrogen oxides, 27 lbs/yr of volatile organic compounds, and 0.1 lbs/yr of fine particulate matter. A typical household emits 0.1 lbs/yr of ammonia from lawn fertilization.
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Facilities estimated their own emissions using some of the following methods: continuous emissions monitors, stack test data, mass balance, professional judgment, manufacturer specifications, scientific research, and emission factors from government, manufacturers, or research groups.
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http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/air/airhome.html
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http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/air/permit_register/ghg/ghg.html
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http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/air/AOP_Permits/AOP_permits.html
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