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Groups Respond to Proposal to Change Air Quality Rules at Landfills

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Comments from NWRA and SWANA urge the state of West Virginia to delay action pending U.S. EPA review of federal rules.

Last week, the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) and the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) filed comments with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Division of Air Quality in response to the agency’s proposed revisions to the state’s air quality rules for landfills.

“As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fulfills its obligations to review federal air quality rules for landfills, NWRA and SWANA believe the most appropriate decision for our industry is for West Virginia to delay action until the EPA can complete its work,” said Darrell Smith, NWRA president and CEO, in a statement.

“SWANA and NWRA continue to work together to ensure that states understand that with EPA’s decision to reconsider the Emission Guidelines and Compliance Times for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills rule, the most prudent plan is to delay any action until that process is complete. This is the best course to take for the states, the industry and the communities we serve,” said David Biderman, SWANA executive director and CEO, in a statement.

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