As part of the Obama Administration’s Climate
Action Plan and methane strategy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized
a package of rules
on July 14, 2016, to reduce methane emissions at new and existing landfills. In
a public statement, EPA noted that municipal solid waste landfills are the
second-largest industrial source of methane emissions in the United States. EPA
is regulating methane because it is considered a potent greenhouse gas (“GHG”).
The rules, therefore, aim to cut methane (and other gases) from landfills by lowering
the emissions threshold at which landfills must install pollution controls
by roughly a third.