This website shows the current state of air pollution caused by emissions from planned (and existing) incinerators. It was created by a non-expert who wanted to get an objective idea about the everyday effects of a proposed local incinerator on air quality. It was then made available as a free service to other local residents and anyone else interested. Since then, it has been rolled out to many other incinerators and related sources of air pollution.

Plume Plotter is based on AERMOD, developed by the US EPA, which is one of the most famous modelling systems for air pollution. It uses the regulatory default options of AERMOD. It takes account of the real terrain in the vicinity of the incinerator, current weather conditions, upper air data, as well as properties of the incinerator emissions and the shape of the incinerator buildings. Data about the incinerator and its emissions is taken from that provided by the incinerator promoters. The predictions on this website are not guaranteed to be 100% correct. Nevertheless, it is transparent: we explain how it works and what assumptions it makes in the accompanying web pages. If you see any problems or detect any errors please contact us.

Disclaimer: While we believe that our predictions are as accurate as possible using the resources and information available to us, we make no claims or guarantees made about the correctness of the information presented on this website.

Thanks to Julian Powell, Clive Barton, and anonymous users for feedback that has made Plume Plotter more usable.

Read more about Plume Plotter here.

How Plume Plotter works