Eight years after listing municipal solid waste landfills as a hazardous air pollutant source, the US EPA has released its proposed emission standards. Published on November 7, 2000, the proposed rules apply only to major source landfills — those that emit 11 tonnes per year or more of a pollutant — as well as any landfill co-located with the source, and some landfills that are area sources. The proposed rules add startup, shutdown and malfunction requirements, and the rules mandate reporting for deviations for out-of-range monitors. In addition, landfill operators will have to report every six months instead of annually. The agency estimates that the new regulations will reduce emissions for 30 hazardous air pollutants, including vinyl chloride, ethyl benzenes, toluene and benzene. Comments are due by January 8, 2001.
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