Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Methane Pollution Is About to See a Serious Cut

In this Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 file photo a garbage truck, right, empties its load as bulldozers process the waste at the Central Landfill, in Johnston, R.I. (Credit: AP Photo/Steven Senne) Click to Enlarge.
Last Friday, the EPA announced new rules that will cut landfills’ methane emissions by one third.

The latest regulation is an update to rules last updated over 20 years ago.  They are expected to reduce methane emissions by around 334,000 tons a year in 2025.  That is equivalent to reducing 8.2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

Methane is a greenhouse gas with a global warming potential over 25 times that of carbon dioxide, according to the EPA.  But over a 20 year period, it can be 86 times more potent. Methane is the second-most common greenhouse gas emitted by human activities, and nearly 20 percent of those emissions come from landfills.

The methane regulations update the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and, in a separate action, revise the Emissions Guidelines from 1996.  These actions further implement President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and its “Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions.”

“The final NSPS and emission guidelines continue to cover MSW Landfill emissions (commonly known as landfill gas) as the regulated or designated pollutant,” the EPA told ThinkProgress in an email.  “Non-methane organic compounds (NMOC) are measured as a surrogate for the listed pollutant.”

Read more at Methane Pollution Is About to See a Serious Cut

No comments:

Post a Comment