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Obama Administration Targets Methane Emissions from Landfills, Other SourcesObama Administration Targets Methane Emissions from Landfills, Other Sources

Allan Gerlat

March 31, 2014

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Obama Administration Targets Methane Emissions from Landfills, Other Sources

President Obama has issued a strategy to reduce methane emissions from landfills, among other sources.

This summer the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will propose updated standards to reduce methane from new landfills. It also will take comments from the public on whether to update standards for existing landfills, the White House said in a fact sheet and news release.

The administration will look at reducing methane emissions as well from oil and gas; agriculture; and coal mines.

The steps are part of Obama’s Climate Action Plan, issued last June, to reduce carbon pollution, prepare the U.S. for the impact of climate change and lead international efforts to address the issue.

The Washington-based American Biogas Council endorsed the move, saying that the construction and operation of new biogas systems will play an important part.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), also based in Washington, called it “a big step in the right direction.”

But David Doniger, director of the NRDC’s climate and clean air program, added that more needs to be done.

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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