Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Kirtland AFB Launches Tons of Crap...Seeks New Permit from City

NOB HILL--Buried in the back of the Food section, on page C-10 , in the (small print) legal notices is the following list of pollutants Kirtland AFB estimates they will be releasing this year.
  • Carbon Monoxide: 124 TONS
  • Nitrous Oxides: 215 TONS
  • Particulate Matter: 44 TONS
  • Sulfur Oxides: 21 TONS
  • Volatile Organic Compounds: 186 TONS
  • Hazardous Air Pollutants: 13 TONS
That comes out to 603 tons of airborne pollutants. And it all works out to 3304 pounds of crap per day. This is just to say that nothing is without cost in this world. For all the benefits of Kirtland, there are a few concerns which should be addressed.

20,000 people work on Kirtland AFB. Taking that into consideration it come to only 2.64 ounces of air pollution per worker per day...about the same weight as two and a half slices of Milton's Multi-grain Bread. On the other hand SO2 with a topping of NOx and CO is not just 20,000 servings of French toast.

This is a serious amount of pollution. It deserves a little more attention than being buried in the legal notices.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing what I see as front page news. I can't help but wonder if this is why I seem to see fewer stars lately on cloudless nights.

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