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EPA Proposes to Approve Emission Limits for Virginia MSW Landfills

EPA Proposes to Approve Emission Limits for Virginia MSW Landfills

The Virginia plan establishes emission limits for existing MSW landfills and provides for the implementation and enforcement of those limits.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a Clean Air Act (CAA) plan submitted by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VADEQ), as filed in the Federal Register. This plan was submitted to fulfill the requirements of the CAA and in response to EPA's promulgation of Emissions Guidelines and Compliance Times for municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills.

The Virginia plan establishes emission limits for existing MSW landfills and provides for the implementation and enforcement of those limits. Written comments must be received on or before November 29.

On August 29, 2016, EPA finalized Standards of Performance for MSW landfills and Emission Guidelines and Compliance Times for MSW Landfills. The CAA requires EPA to establish a procedure for a state to submit a plan to EPA, which establishes standards of performance for any air pollutant.

On August 29, 2019, VADEQ submitted to EPA a formal CAA section 111(d) plan for existing municipal solid waste landfills. The submission was in response to the August 2016 promulgation of federal New Source Performance Standards and emission guidelines requirements for MSW landfills.

EPA said it has reviewed the Virginia plan submittal and is proposing to approve the Virginia section 111(d) plan for MSW landfills submitted pursuant to 40 CFR part 60, subpart Cf. Therefore, EPA is proposing to amend 40 CFR part 62, subpart XX to reflect this action.

Below is a list of subjects in 40 CFR part 62:

  • Environmental protection
  • Air pollution control
  • Incorporation by reference
  • Intergovernmental relations
  • Landfills
  • Methane
  • Ozone
  • Reporting and recordkeeping requirements
  • Sulfur oxides
  • Volatile organic compounds
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