13 March 2015
EPA Updates Air Standards for Landfills
The EPA is proposing a revision of the air standards under the president’s climate change action plan. They are proposing the revision for new landfills in order to reduce emissions created by methane. Methane is 25 times greater than carbon dioxide. The proposal they want will require landfills to control their gas emission to make sure they are lowered which means that two-thirds of their emission would be captured. They are saying that reducing the amount of methane emissions with be a big way in trying to lower climate change. The latest step from the president is to build on their progress to date and take steps to cut the emissions. The EPA is working now to accept public comments on the proposed air standards revision and they are also currently updating the guidelines used by all of the landfills already. In June, 2014 the EPA issued an advanced notice of the proposed rulemaking seeking feedback from the public on their options for reducing methane-rich landfill gas emissions from existing solid waste. They also proposed updates to its new source performance standards for solid waste landfills. The EPA issued emissions in the year 1996, but know they are considering updating those guidelines, based on changes that have happened at landfills. The changes that they want to make will include the size and number of existing landfills, industry practices, and methods for reducing landfill gases. Landfill owners and operators collect landfill gas for numbers of reasons. The reason are to control odor, to minimize fire, to recover the gas for energy use, and to sell carbon credits. The EPA will take comments on the ANPR for 60 days after it is published in the Federal Register. The Methane Strategy on EPA to issue the ANPR is the effort to reduce methane emissions through actions that will help to improve public health and safety while also providing more energy. It will also lower the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that are going to the air. The EPA will continue to work with landfill owners to advance cost-efficient landfill energy recovery projects through landfill methane outreach projects. The EPA is proposing a bill that will lower the amount of methane that landfills are producing and keeping the emissions from effecting the environment.