SWANA Supports Revisions to EPA’s GHG Reporting Rule

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has informed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that it supports several proposed changes to the federal mandatory greenhouse gas reporting rule.

SWANA supports a proposed change that would allow waste-to-energy facilities processing no more than 600 tons of material a day to use the Tier 2 reporting method. The organization also endorses removing municipal solid waste (MSW) from the rule’s definition of fossil fuel.

“We encourage EPA to move ahead with these changes and to issue a final rule as soon as possible so that waste-to-energy facilities know for certain what is required of them” said John Skinner, executive director and CEO of SWANA, in a letter to EPA. “Waste-to-energy facilities can make an important contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and providing renewable energy.”

In the letter, SWANA also outlines its opposition to some of the proposed changes, such as one that would require waste-to-energy facilities to report aggregate carbon dioxide emissions instead of separating biogenic and anthropogenic emissions.

Read SWANA’s letter to EPA.