Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Pse&g Bergen Station Tops Emission List

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Pse&g Bergen Station Tops Emission List

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PSE&G's Bergen Generating Station in Ridgefield releases more greenhouse gases into the air each year than any other large industrial source in New Jersey, according to a new federal report.

The Environmental Protection Agency's report is the first-ever list of how much carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases are released by large industrial sites and landfills nationwide. There are 98 such facilities in New Jersey, which release a combined 26.2 million metric tons of gases each year.

The Bergen power plant topped the list, emitting 2.6 million metric tons per year.

That equates to the same annual emissions from more than 500,000 passenger vehicles. It would take a pine forest covering nearly 850 square miles to capture all that carbon each year - an area as large as Bergen, Passaic and Morris counties combined.

The new data are available to the public on the EPA website. The data, self-reported by more than 6,700 facilities nationwide, "provides a critical tool for businesses and other innovators to find cost- and fuel-saving efficiencies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and foster technologies to protect public health and the environment," said Gina McCarthy, the EPA's assistant administrator for air and radiation.

Largest sources

In New Jersey and nationwide, power plants were the largest stationary sources of direct emissions, with 2.3 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions, followed by petroleum refineries, with 183 million metric tons.

Carbon dioxide accounted for 95 percent of all emissions nationwide, followed by methane at 4 percent.

"This data should be eye-opening for the people of New Jersey showing how much pollution is being spewed each year," said the New Jersey Sierra Club's Jeff Tittel.

The EPA data include information on nine industry groups, from power plants and landfills to chemical, paper and metals manufacturers. The EPA will require 12 additional industries to start reporting emissions in 2012. The data do not capture all emissions -- only facilities that emit 25,000 metric tons per year must file.

The list includes some of New Jersey's most well-known entities, from pharmaceutical companies and petroleum refineries to the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Newark (56,500 metric tons) and the Mars chocolate factory in Hackettstown (37,363 metric tons). …

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