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Waste Management Sponsors CNG, LNG Methane Emissions StudyWaste Management Sponsors CNG, LNG Methane Emissions Study

Allan Gerlat

March 5, 2013

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Waste Management Sponsors CNG, LNG Methane Emissions Study

Waste Management Inc. is one of the sponsors of a new study to assess the nature of fugitive methane emissions from vehicles fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The study by West Virginia University, Morgantown, W. Va., will measure methane leaks that occur at various stages of refueling and the operation of heavy-duty natural gas vehicles, according to a news release.

“It’s vital that we all have solid data as to the possible environmental impacts of methane leakage,” said Eric Woods, vice president, fleet, for Waste Management. “This study will provide valuable information to enable us to augment our current practices to the extent necessary or develop technological improvements to minimize the impacts.”

Other sponsors include: the American Gas Association, the International Council on Clean Transportation, PepsiCo, Shell, Volvo Group, Cummins Westport and Westport Innovations. Sponsors are providing access to vehicles or facilities.

Results from the study, conducted by the university’s Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions, are expected to be released in a peer-reviewed journal in late 2013 or early 2014 to assist industry in developing improvements to fueling operations and identifying best practices for minimizing leakage.


About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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