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Air Quality in Brunswick

What Air Pollutants are Emitted into Brunswick’s Air?

¨ 2,999,472 Pounds of Toxic Chemicals in 2000

¨ 26,306,000 Pounds of Sulfur Dioxide in 1999

¨ 17,294,000 Pounds of Volatile Organic Compounds in 1999

¨ 23,982,000 Pounds of Particulate Matter in 1999

Are There Air Quality Problems in Brunswick?

Known Problems With Our Air

The only Brunswick air monitoring station is located at the College on Altama Avenue, Brunswick. The most recent data reports five chemicals at levels considered injurious to health -acetaldehyde, acroline, formaldehyde, chromium, and benzene.

 

Chemical

Identification

Health

Based

Standard

Highest Observed

Concentrations (ug/m3)

1998

1999

2000

Acetaldehyde

5

306.7

111.82

11.57

Acrolein

0.02

7.3

34.17

4.16

Formaldehyde

0.8

220.2

463.79

53.21

Benzene

1.3

2.6

Not Available

2.53

Chromium

0.0001

0.001

0.0116

0.0100

Suspected Problems With Our Air

There is no monitoring for major hazardous air pollutants emitted by Hercules, Inc. and Georgia-Pacific Pulp Mill. For example, no data exists to examine the levels that may result from air release of 212,000 pounds of ammonia, 14,000 pounds of cresol, 36,000 pounds of hydrochloric acid, 1,357,465 pounds of methanol, and 98,000 pounds of sulfuric acid emitted from Georgia-Pacific, and 650,000 pounds of methyl isobutyl ketone emitted by Hercules in 2000.

Why Do We Have Unhealthful Air?

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division continues to refuse to enforce federal laws requiring the agency to consider the cumulative impacts of air contaminants released not only by Hercules, but also other facilities in the area – most notably Georgia-Pacific Pulp and Paper Mill.

What Is Being Done to Obtain Clean Air?

In January 2003, the Glynn Environmental Coalition, in partnership with the Legal Environmental Assistance Foundation and Center for a Sustainable Coast, petitioned the U.S. EPA to deny the air permit until the Georgia Environmental Protection Division fully considers all the air contaminants in the area. Due to no response from the EPA, a sixty-day notice of intent to suit the U.S. EPA to enforce the law was filed July 31, 2003. On January 26, 2004, we filed our case in federal court.

Georgia-Pacific Pulp & Paper Mill Air Releases
and Potential Health Effects

Chemical - Tons Per Year (Pounds) Potential

Carcinogen

Respiratory

Irritant

Nervous

System

Asthma Heart, Blood,

Cardiovascular

Kidney

or Liver

             
ACETALDEHYDE - 39.74 (79,480)

X

X

X

 

X

X

BENZENE - 17.79 (35,580)

X

X

X

 

X

 
CARBON DISULFATE - 7.08 (14,160)            
CARBON MONOXIDE - 7360.95 (14,721,900)        

X

X

CHLORINE - 94.78 (189,560)  

X

       
CHLOROFORM - 22.12 (44,240)

X

       

X

CHROMIUM - 2.1 (4,200)

X

       

X

CUMENE - 8.49 (16,980)  

X

     

X

DIMETHYL SULFATE - 101.94 (203,880)

X

X

       
FORMALDEHYDE - 50.11 (100,220)

X

X

X

X

   
HEXANE - 2.9 (5,800)  

X

X

     
HYDROGEN CHLORIDE - 1.38 (2,760)  

X

       
HYDROGEN SULFIDE - 148.64 (297,280)  

X

       
METHANOL - 2590.45 (5,180,900)

X

X

X

METHYL CHLORIDE - 14.86 (29,720)        

X

X

METHYL ETHYL KETONE - 19.08 (38,160)    

X

     
METHYL ISOBUTYL KETONE - 11.83 (23,660)  

X

X

   

X

METHYL MERCAPTAN - 26.51 (53,020)  

X

       
METHYLENE CHLORIDE - 0.88 (1,760)

X

X

X

 

X

X

NAPHTHALENE - 0.75 (1,500)        

X

X

NICKEL - 4.23 (8,460)

X

         
NITROGEN OXIDES - 4,181.26 (8,362,520)  

X

       
0-XYLENE - 0.57 (1,140)  

X

X

 

X

X

PENTACHLOROPHENOL - 4.34 (8,680)

X

       

X

PROPIOMALDEHYDE - 2.72 (5,440)  

X

       
STYRENE - 3.16 (6,320)  

X

X

     
SULFUR DIOXIDE - 10,241.7 (20,483,400)

X

X

 

X

   
SULFURIC ACID MIST - 243.29 (486,580)

X

X

 

X

   
TETRACHLOROETHYLENE - 2.35 (4,700)  

X

X

 

X

X

1,2,4-TRICHLOROBENZENE - 11.77 (23,540)  

X

     

X

XYLENE (MIXED ISOMERS) - 2.19 (4,380)  

X

X

   

X

TOTAL - 25,219.96 (50,439,920)

Hercules Plant Air Releases
and Potential Health Effects

Chemical- Tons Per Year (Pounds) Potential

Carcinogen

Respiratory

Irritant

Nervous

System

Asthma Heart , Blood,

Cardiovascular

Kidney

or Liver

             
ACROLEIN – 1.41 (2,820)

X

X

 

X

X

X

ADIPIC ACID – 0.05 (100)  

X

   

X

X

BIPHENYL – 25.57 (51,140)  

X

X

 

X

X

CARBON DISULFIDE – 8.87 (17,740)  

X

X

 

X

X

CARBON MONOXIDE – 2661 (5,322,000)  

X

X

 

X

X

DIMETHYL SULFIDE – 10.5 (21,000)  

X

     

X

ETHYLENE GLYCOL – 1.34 (2,680)  

X

     

X

FORMALDEHYDE – 2.15 (4,300)

X

X

X

X

FORMIC ACID – 6.4 (12,800)

X

X

X

X

 

X

FUMARIC ACID – 4.63 (9,260)  

X

       
HYDRAZINE – 0.0879 (175.8)

X

X

X

   

X

HYDROCHLORIC ACID – 0.13 (260)  

X

       
HYDROGEN CHLORIDE – 0.555 (1,110)  

X

       
HYDROGEN SULFIDE – 6.49 (12,980)  

X

X

     
MALEIC ANHYDRIDE – 1.99 (3,980)  

X

 

X

   
METHANOL – 38.26 (76,520)  

X

X

   

X

METHYL ISOBUTYL KETONE – 284 (568,000)  

X

X

   

X

NITROGEN OXIDES – 458.15 (916,300)  

X

       
PARTICULATE MATTER – 532 (1,064,000)  

X

       
PHTHALIC ANHYDRIDE – 15.79 (31,580)  

X

 

X

   
SULFUR DIOXIDE – 879.4 (1,758,800)  

X

   

X

 
4-TERT BUTYL-PHENOL – 1.67 (3,340)  

X

 

X

   
2,2,4-TRIMETHYLPENTANE – 129 (258,000)  

X

       
VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS – 2018 (4,036,000)  

X

X

X

X

X

XYLENE – 37.31 (74,620)

X

X

X

Source: Maximum anticipated actual annual air emissions from the Title V Permit Applications to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, and Potential Health Effects from Material Safety Data Sheets.

Produced By: Glynn Environmental Coalition
P. O. Box 2443, Brunswick, GA 31521-2443
 

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