EPA seeks industry input on landfill emissions standards

EPA seeks industry input on landfill emissions standards

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking input from municipal solid waste landfills as the agency reviews and considers possible amendments to the emissions guidelines and standards it applies to waste facilities.

EPA is set to convene a small business advocacy review (SBAR) Panel as part of Clean Air Act requirements. If you operate a municipal solid waste (MSW) landfill and would like to participate in the ruling and review process, click here for additional information. Employees of the EPA, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Office of Advocacy in the Small Business Administration (SBA) will also be in attendance at the SBAR Panel.

In addition to calling for an SBAR Panel to review the performance standards and emission guidelines of MSW landfills, EPA has requested additional landfill information and data.

This time around, one of the key issues raised will be municipal solid waste landfill emissions, also known as landfill gas. MSW landfills generate landfill gas containing an estimated 50 percent carbon dioxide and 50 percent methane. Trace amounts of hazardous air pollutants have also been detected.

The exact dates the SBAR Panel will occur have yet to be announced.

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