EPA Considering Stricter Landfill Emission Limits

An article in the September 23rd edition of NACo County News reports that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering potential changes that would require more local landfills to be subject to emission limits.  In a presentation discussing the proposed changes, EPA notes the following Maryland counties could be affected:  Baltimore, Cecil, Charles, Howard, and Montgomery Counties and Baltimore City.  From the article:

According to the EPA, there are more than 2,000 active municipal solid waste landfills in the U.S. (both privately and publicly owned). Currently, 729 landfills are subject to the federal New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) or Emissions Guidelines (EG).  EPA is considering a rule that would include tighter standards for more facilities nationwide.  …

EPA is accepting comments from state and local governments on the proposal until Nov. 8. Comments can be sent to Hilliary Ward, EPA Project Lead at ward.hillary@epa.gov and Andrew Hanson, EPA Intergovernmental Federalism Contact Andrew Hanson at hanson.andrew@epa.gov. Please cc NACo on your comments.