A new interactive map from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will pinpoint sites that the EPA says are the biggest culprits in contributing to greenhouse gas emissions.
Thought to be a factor in global warming, greenhouse gas is the focus of the EPA's map. The tool allows users to search by type of facility (power plant, garbage dump) as well as by state.
In Monmouth County, two sites caught the EPA's attention, but none are from Little Silver or Oceanport.
The most recent data, from 2010, shows the following Monmouth County sites on the map:
- Monmouth County Reclamation Center in Tinton Falls emitted 131,963 MT of methane and 114 MT of carbon dioxide.
- Nestle USA in Freehold emitted 71,624 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."
The interactive map collates data about six pollutants: carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, PFC-14, PFC-116, HFC-23 and methane.
To access the interactive map, check out the EPA website.