Major Air Pollution Sources in North Minneapolis
There are many sources of pollution in our communities which vary from one neighborhood to the next. Large air emissions along the river industrial area and I-94 contribute to poor air quality in North Minneapolis. Locations seen on this map are those included on the Criteria Air Point Emissions Facilities list by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), with labeled facilities among the top 100 emitters of a criteria pollutant in Minnesota in 2013. Criteria Air Pollutants are the 6 federally regulated air pollutants, among thousands of known chemical emissions that combine and contribute to health risks. Many additional smaller pollution sources along Broadway and throughout the community contribute to the cumulative impact on our air, land, and water that affect human health. Look for other types of pollution on CEED’s Environmental Justice Mapping Tool, or the MPCA’s “What’s In My Neighborhood” Tool.
References:[i] Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Climate and Health Profile Report 2015. [ii] Life and Breath report, estimated mortality rate attributable to monitored PM 2.5 levels 2008-2010 in zip codes 55411 and 55412; Minneapolis Police Department Neighborhood Crime Statistics January-December 2010. [iii] Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Minnesota Department of Health. Life and Breath: How air pollution affects public health in the Twin Cities. Urban Air Quality and Respiratory Health Initiative, July 2015. [iv] MPCA “What’s In My Neighborhood” data accessed July 2016. [v] Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Risk Screening (MNRiskS), based on 2005 emission inventory.