Last August, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published new proposed landfill gas rules with the Federal Register, making significant changes to the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS). Final versions of these rules are set to be published in July 2016 and may impact the way air emissions from landfills are being managed.
The original NSPS for landfills were issued about 20 years ago. The EPA is supposed to review the standards every eight years. Now the agency “is focused on maximizing potential greenhouse gas emissions reductions from landfills through this rule,” says Anne Germain, director of waste and recycling technology for the Washington, D.C.-based National Waste and Recycling Association.