Air Pollution in Golden

I recently came across the Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxic Release Inventory web site. You can plug in any zip code – 80401, for instance – and see who is releasing what into the air. Coors, CoorsTek, Rocky Mountain Metal Container, and Trigen-Nations Energy Co. all make the list, not suprisingly given that they all include large manufacturing operations. The latter tops the list at nearly 300,000 pounds (in 2003), mostly of hydrochloric acid and hydrogen flouride. Two other interesting air quality sites are the EPA’s Air Data site and the Pollution Information Site.

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