Hold it in

Steven Averett, Content Director, Waste Group

July 1, 2009

1 Min Read
Hold it in

A measure recently adopted by California's Air Resources Board (ARB) will require 14 California landfills to design and install new methane gas collection and control systems by 2012. Many landfills with existing methane capture systems will be required to further reduce emissions. ARB estimates that 218 of the state's 367 municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills may be subject to the regulation. The move is expected to reduce 1.5 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

“Fixing the leaks in existing landfill gas collection systems is a fast way to cut the methane gas that is directly harming the Earth's atmosphere,” said ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols. “Even better, we will see an immediate health benefit, because methane is a precursor to smog.”

MSW landfills comprise California's second largest man-made source of methane.

About the Author(s)

Steven Averett

Content Director, Waste Group, Waste360

Steven Averett joined the Waste Age staff in February 2006. Since then he has helped the magazine expand its coverage and garner a range of awards from FOLIO, the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) and the Magazine Association of the Southeast (MAGS). He recently won a Gold Award from ASBPE for humor writing.

Before joining Waste Age, Steven spent three years as the staff writer for Industrial Engineer magazine, where he won a gold GAMMA Award from MAGS for Best Feature. He has written and edited material covering a wide range of topics, including video games, film, manufacturing, and aeronautics.

Steven is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where he earned a BA in English.

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