What made the Ozone levels around Brewster so unhealthy last night?

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 06/26/2006 - 05:54.

 

As I've come to realize the people of NEO have no warning how dangerous is our environment, I make a point to check out the Ozone readings online at NOACA frequently, and I'm always suprised by the odd findings... like last night, when most of NEO was safe, there was suddenly enough Ozone around Brewster, Ohio, to throw the 8-hour rolling average to unsafe - meaning there were some real nasty peak readings, and something is very wrong in that part of the region. So what gives - I've never heard of Brewster before - anyone have a clue what would cause such wild increases in Ozone in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of the night?

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Pollution and polluters around Ohio and USA

Now we're getting somewhere on this pollution mess in NEO... there is an infromative site with pollution scorecards from 2002 for all over America, including Stark County, Ohio, where Brewster and Canton are located... see the scorecard here, where you can also look up your community and feel really sick... but first consider what the people of Brewster's bodies deal with day-in and day-out... clearly worse some days than other:

Your Zip Code: 44613 Your Community: STARK County

What Are the Major Pollutants?
Reported Environmental Releases from TRI Sources in 2002
Rank     Chemical Name     Pounds
1     XYLENE (MIXED ISOMERS)     116,994
2     STYRENE     68,490
3     DICHLOROMETHANE     56,557
4     GLYCOL ETHERS     52,449
5     TOLUENE     35,941
6     SEC-BUTYL ALCOHOL     29,172
7     AMMONIA     28,268
8     N-BUTYL ALCOHOL     26,180
9     ZINC     23,159
10     ETHYLBENZENE     17,951
11     MANGANESE     17,786
12     PROPYLENE     16,264
13     ZINC COMPOUNDS     15,524
14     N-HEXANE     15,067
15     BENZENE     11,579
16     ETHYLENE     7,419
17     TRICHLOROETHYLENE     5,247
18     1,2,4-TRIMETHYLBENZENE     4,968
19     NITRIC ACID     3,025
20     CHROMIUM     2,357

 
Your Zip Code:     44613
Your Community:     STARK County
Who Is Polluting Your Community?
Reported Environmental Releases from TRI Sources in 2002
Rank     Facility     City     Pounds
1     REPUBLIC STORAGE SYS. CO. INC.     CANTON     187,293
2     MARATHON ASHLAND PETROLEUM OHIO REFINING DIV.     CANTON     106,150
3     SANCAP LINER TECH.     ALLIANCE     43,800
4     U.S. FIBERGLASS PRODS. INC.     MIDDLEBRANCH     37,360
5     TIMKEN CO. HARRISON STEEL PLANT     CANTON     24,759
6     A.R.E. INC.     MASSILLON     24,131
7     REPUBLIC ENGINEERED PRODS. L.L.C. CANTON FACILITY     CANTON     20,707
8     MIDWEST TANK SERVICES INC.     CANTON     18,415
9     NORTH AMERICAN MOLDED PRODS.     HARTVILLE     15,046
10     CROWN CORK & SEAL CO. (USA) INC.     MASSILLON     14,500
11     STAR BRONZE CO. INC.     ALLIANCE     13,239
12     SUGARDALE FOODS INC.     CANTON     11,894
13     TIMKEN CO. - FAIRCREST STEEL PLANT     CANTON     7,376
14     PCC AIRFOILS L.L.C.     MINERVA     6,241
15     SUPERIOR DAIRY     CANTON     6,200
16     REPUBLIC TECHS. INTL. MASSILLON HRB     MASSILLON     5,407
17     U.S. CHEMICAL & PLASTICS INC.     MASSILLON     4,844
18     KEPHACO CORP. (DBA AMERICAN MARBLE INDS.)     CANTON     4,813
19     HOOVER CO. PLANT 1     NORTH CANTON     4,642
20     J & L SPECIALTY STEEL L.L.C.     LOUISVILLE     2,933

For those back in Cuyahoga County and worried about lead...

 

    * Hot Spots of Lead Air Quality Hazards

Counties in OHIO with the Highest Ambient Air Concentrations of Lead:

Rank     County     ug/m3
1.     CUYAHOGA     .36
2.     FULTON     .27
3.     LOGAN     .2
4.     COLUMBIANA     .04
5.     FRANKLIN     .02

Counties in OHIO with the Greatest Reported Releases of Lead to Air:

Rank     County     Pounds
1.     CUYAHOGA     4,585
2.     LORAIN     2,732
3.     MARION     1,547
4.     SCIOTO     1,493
5.     ASHLAND     1,319

Counties in OHIO with the Greatest Reported Releases of Lead Compounds to Air:

Rank     County     Pounds
1.     CUYAHOGA     22,720
2.     BUTLER     2,915
3.     PICKAWAY     2,437
4.     MIAMI     1,710
5.     COLUMBIANA     1,686

 

Rank counties in OHIO by reported releases of lead or lead compounds to air

Major Chemical Releases or Waste Generation in CUYAHOGA County

From SCORECARD.GOV, the pollution information site... at least the Federal Government is looking out for the people of NEO... not that it is doing us any good!

  • 2002 Rankings: Major Chemical Releases or Waste Generation in CUYAHOGA County*
    Cleanest/Best Counties in US Percentile Dirtiest/Worst Counties in US
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    Total environmental releases:
    Cancer risk score (air and water releases):
    Noncancer risk score (air and water releases):
    Air releases of recognized carcinogens:
    Air releases of recognized developmental toxicants:
    Air releases of recognized reproductive toxicants:

    See how this county ranks on other chemical release and waste management attributes tracked by Scorecard

    Rank counties in OHIO or facilities in CUYAHOGA County by chemical releases or waste generation

    *Note: These rankings are based on chemical releases and transfers reported by industrial facilities to the Toxics Release Inventory, and do not take into account major sources of pollution or toxic chemicals that are not covered by TRI.