We have two sources for our landfill data:
1) Energy Information Administration - their list of electricity generating facilities which includes many powered by landfill gas. They exclude facilities that only generate electricity for their own use
2) EPA (Landfill Methane Outreach Program) - their list of major landfills which includes data on whether they are generating any electricity or have the potential to do so. I think this list excludes small landfills and many private landfills that are only used by one corporation.
The EPA has a program that monitors radiation.
You can now view it without getting an account!
EPA Radiation Map
Due to the precarious situation the nuclear plant in Japan, I did some research into finding online maps of radiation. I found two. I wonder if there are others?
I've been working on making the website easier to use.
New Facility Page - has icons for the main fuel, status, and generating capacity.
I also added many tooltips. So when you mouse over an item you will get a longer description.
I modified sections on the lengthy My Community / My State / National Map pages. You can now hide things that you don't need.
I've added buttons to share content using Facebook or Twitter.
You can also create a Tiny URL and copy that to include in an email, a website, or other social networking method.
I've added support for all of the data layers that we have - so you can now share a Heat Map, or a map with race, income, or another layer.
For instance this is a zoomed-in map of Biomass Incinerators and Income in Mississippi and surrounding states:
Interestingly it looks like the incinerators are located in wealthier areas (or at least outside of the north-south and east-west corridors of poorest counties) - possibly due to demand or population growth.
You can now add YouTube videos to your profile, your group, or any facilities that you control.
I encourage everyone to upload links to news stories about their group, their facility, or just anything you like (for the latter - you can connect them to your profile).
It is easy to do! Log in. Go to your profile page. Then copy/paste the YouTube link and add it. This adds a thumbnail of the video and if you click it, it plays in a popup window.
If you have any problems using this system or suggestions for improvements email me
This is a map of toxic sites where you can click on the location to get more details. I especially like how it shows the impact/size of the plume. They also did a bus tour.
"There are 29 Superfund sites in Silicon Valley- the most concentrated number of Superfund sites in America. Nineteen of these sites were contaminated by high tech firms in the manufacturing of computer chips which used highly toxic chemicals including, trichloro-ethylene, Freon, trichloroethane and poly-chlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)."
By the National Renewable Energy Laboratories (NREL), found on OpenEI.
This is more detailed than the state wide maps that I've seen before.
The Energy Information Administration has finished their
2009 Electric Power Industry In Review
Some noteworthy items:
1. Increase in Gas and a Decrease in Coal, mostly due to cheaper gas and more expensive coal.
"Nationwide, coal-fired electric power generation declined 11.6 percent from 2008 to 2009, bringing coal's share of the electricity power output to 44.5 percent, the lowest level since 1978. "
We recently added a data set of LNG terminals. These terminals compress natural gas for import and export. There are a lot of proposed terminals. It's such a hot topic that they were even mentioned in the Wikileak Cablegate files (Qatar's importance to the US as a number one source for LNG in 2012).
You can see our data by selecting the LNG layer in our maps.
Most of the maps that we have can be expanded (or shrunk) using a simple mouse click and drag!