The U.S. EPA recently issued a final rule on emissions thresholds for municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills, which stakeholders see as a significant step in the Biden administration’s climate change plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030.
The final rule brings clarity to a drawn-out legal battle over the timeline for implementing state or federal emission rules, industry groups say, helping landfill operators make plans to update emissions systems if necessary. Environmental groups see the rule as an important way to more quickly take a bite out of air pollution, as MSW landfills are the third-largest source of human-related methane emissions in the United States.
The rule is significant because it applies to the majority of MSW landfills in the United States, said David Biderman, CEO of the Solid Waste Association of North America. Under the rule, about 1,590 landfill operators will have 30 months to install or update control systems to meet EPA’s standards.
Waste Dive, 24 May 2021