Thursday, 12 January 2012 15:44

New EPA Map Identifies Worse US Polluters

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has come out with a simple and easy-to-use tool to educate you about your friendly neighborhood polluters. Click here to explore their interactive map of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions throughout the United States.  You can search quickly by state or create a more specific custom location search (though the latter doesn’t seem to work quite as well). The coolest feature is the option to select specific pollutants or polluting industries. So let’s say you’re researching the paper industry, writing a compelling report about the environmental impact of paper factories in your state.  You can use checkboxes to narrow down your search to return only the examples that pertain to your thesis.  Results include the name and location of facilities, as well as the quantity and variety of emissions. One very important thing to note about this map: the data set used does not reflect total U.S. GHG emissions, only those from the largest facilities. So don’t be duped into believing the total is this low!    
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