8.2.7 Methane in Waste Management

LPDD Recommendation: “States and the federal government should adopt programs to fund gas management systems at both municipal and private landfills, and prioritize awards to landfills investing in landfill gas-to-energy systems.”

LPDD Recommendation: “Congress should prioritize funding for gas capture at landfills and other facilities in lieu of wastewater treatment plants.”

LPDD Recommendation: “EPA could revise its RCRA regulations to prevent landfill operators from venting methane to the atmosphere.”

LPDD Recommendation: “EPA’s 2016 CAA regulations for methane emissions from municipal solid waste landfills could be retained and made even more stringent.”

LPDD Recommendation: “EPA could adopt a regulation for methane emissions from wastewater treatment facilities.”

LPDD Recommendation: “States could consider means of incentivizing gas capture from wastewater treatment facilities.”

Obama-Era Methane Rules

The Obama Administration promulgated methane rules that the Trump Administration has sought to roll back.

NY’s Landfill Gas Funding Program

Provides funding to municipally owned or operated landfills installing gas management systems designed to capture gas created within, and emitted from, the landfill.