EPA releases landfill methane reduction proposal

By Staff | September 01, 2014

The U.S. EPA is taking action to reduce methane emissions from landfills. In late June, the agency published a proposed rule to update its air standards for new municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. The same day, the EPA also published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) seeking public input on whether and how to update current emissions guidelines for existing landfills to further reduce their emissions, including methane.
According to the EPA, the proposed rule would require certain landfills to capture additional landfill gas, which would reduce methane emissions and help reduce pollution that harms public health. The proposal is part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan—Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, which was released in March.
Under the propped rule, certain new landfills would be required to capture two-thirds of their methane and air toxics emissions by 2023. That is a capture level 13 percent higher than that required by current rules. A 60-day comment period on both the proposed rule and ANPR opened July 17.