January 11, 2012 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today lifted the veil on a new tool that gives the public easy access to facility-level greenhouse gas emissions data.
That means individuals, communities and companies can see how much global warming pollution is being produced by facilities in their areas. But the data only covers the nation's largest polluters -- those generating 25,000 metric tonnes or more of carbon dioxide equivalent. Power plants and petroleum refineries represent the largest stationary emissions sources.
"Our hope is that people outside the EPA and outside the federal government will use this data as a powerful resource for better decision making, and in the end, use the data in ways that we here at the EPA have not even contemplated," said Gina McCarthy, EPA assistant administrator, during a conference call today with reporters. "What we can bank on is that better information will always lead to a better informed public, which will lead to better environmental protection.
The data publication tool covers 2010 calendar data from more than 6,700 facilities, equal to about 80 percent of total U.S. emissions. Users can search and download data by facility, location, sector and type of greenhouse gas. Facilities in nine sectors are now covered, including power plants, refineries, steel mills and cement producers. read more>>>