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Manchester Landfill Is County's Biggest Industrial Polluter, EPA Map Shows

New EPA emissions map pinpoints landfill, power plants as sources of greenhouse gases

The in Manchester emits the most greenhouse gases in the county, according to a new interactive map from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that pinpoints what the agency says are the biggest culprits in contributing to greenhouse gas emissions.

Considered a key factor in global warming, greenhouse gases are the byproduct of a number of industrial reactions. The mapping tool allows users to search by type of facility as well as by state, though it doesn't take into account some widespread sources of greenhouses gases, such as vehicle transportation.

In Ocean County, five sites caught the EPA's attention, with the most greenhouse gases originating from the Ocean County Landfill in Manchester. Like other landfills, it constantly gives off a mix of carbon dioxide and methane, which, according to the EPA, is over 20 times more effective in trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide.

According to the EPA, Ocean County's landfill emissions are the third highest in the state out of the 20 counties included in the mapped data, after Bergen and Middlesex. Overall, however, Ocean ranks low on the list of counties for total emissions.

The interactive map collates data about six pollutants: carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, PFC-14, PFC-116, HFC-23 and methane, measured in metric tons (MT). For reference, according to the EPA, the average American is responsible for adding 4 metric tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. 

The most recent data, from 2010, shows the following Ocean County sites on the map:

  • Ocean County Landfill, Route 70 in Manchester, emitted 178,731 MT of methane and 113 MT of carbon dioxide.
  • Lakewood Cogeneration, off Airport Road in Lakewood, emitted 141,749 MT of carbon dioxide.
  • Ocean Peaking Power (shares a location with Lakewood Cogeneration), emitted 115,726 MT of carbon dioxide.
  • Oyster Creek Power Plant, Route 9 in Forked River, emitted 10,028 MT parts of carbon dioxide.
  • Cedar Power Station, Route 9 in Cedar Run, emitted 4,988 MT of carbon dioxide

According to NJSpotlight: "In New Jersey, the list of top stationary sources of greenhouse emissions includes 41 power plants in the state, four refineries, a number of garbage incinerators, a brewery in Newark, 18 landfills, including a superfund toxic waste site, and most of the big universities, including Rutgers University, and hundreds of chemical plants."

To access the interactive map, check out the EPA website.

Sean Conneamhe January 20, 2012 at 02:41 AM
"Yes, and who is their attorney?"
Mark Wendell January 21, 2012 at 02:32 AM
It had Ceder Creek power station on the list, does anyone know what type of plant that is? I geuss Lakewood co-gen is running very little on the water. Anyone who drops a kid off at the Manchester Little League, Ridgeway Elementry or the Manchester Middle School knows the landfill is a problem. Sometimes the smell is very bad.
Henry Dudley January 21, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Here we go again. Chicken Little. "The sky Is Falling", "The sky Is Falling" OH please EPA protect us from the evil pollutant CO2. Does anyone remember their 2nd grade science? Trees uses CO2 and give off oxygen. On the other hand the smell is sometimes very unpleasant. Lets work on that. Pine Lake Park, Rooster
Mark Wendell January 21, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Yes and anyone who than made it to the fourth grade learned that we are making way to much co2 for nature to handle.

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