The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and the National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA) recently sent joint comments to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson regarding a petition recently filed by the Center for a Competitive Waste Industry asking the EPA to reorganize and restructure the Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP).
NSWMA and SWANA support LMOP and would like to see it continue as an effective advocate of methane recovery and reuse as a source of green energy.
The associations are concerned that the recommended reorganization would jeopardize methane recovery and reuse.
“The success of EPA’s LMOP program in helping achieve greenhouse gas reductions is overwhelming,” says SWANA Executive Director and CEO John Skinner. “From 1990 to 2008, emissions from landfills dropped 15 per cent, a fact highly attributable to the beneficial use of landfill gas projects that LMOP supports. The emphasis on landfill gas recovery should be increased not reduced.”
NSWMA and SWANA pledged to reach out to the EPA in the near future to provide additional comments on the beneficial use of landfill gas.