Jan 12, 2011
GHG Permitting for Landfills put on Hold
According to a press release issued by the U.S. EPA on January 12, 2011, EPA is deferring greenhouse gas (GHG) permitting requirements for carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from biomass-fired and other biogenic sources, including landfills. EPA plans to complete a rulemaking in July 2011 that will defer permitting of CO2 emissions from these sources for three years. During this time, EPA will consider the more than 7,000 comments received during July 2010, including whether burning of biomass results in a net increase in CO2 emissions.
EPA also plans to issue guidance to state and local permitting agencies that, during the three-year deferral period, the use of biomass as fuel, including landfill gas, constitutes Best Available Control Technology for GHG emissions.