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EPA Proposes Updates to Reduce Methane from New Landfills

July 2, 2014 - Kestrel Management

As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan – Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, the U.S. EPA is proposing updates to its air standards for new municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. These updates would require certain landfills to capture additional landfill gas to reduce emissions of methane and pollution that harms public health. Methane has a global warming potential 25 times that of carbon dioxide.

The proposal would require new MSW landfills subject to the rule to begin controlling landfill gas at a lower emissions threshold than currently required. Under the proposal, landfills would capture two-thirds of their methane and air toxics emissions by 2023 – 13% more than required under current rules.

EPA also issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking public input on whether and how to update current emissions guidelines for existing landfills to further reduce their emissions, including methane.

Read the entire EPA press release:!OpenDocument

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