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Volume4
MonthMay
Year2013
TitleWaste Not, Want Not: Landfill Gas to Energy Projects, Climate Change, and the Clean Air Act
Author(s)Katherine A. Trisolini
Start Page139
AbstractThis Article aims to address this gap, proposing how the Rule could be amended to reduce methane generally and enhance LGTE specifically.

The sections discuss legal mechanisms to reduce landfill methane emissions and promote LGTE where appropriate, focusing on the federal Clean Air Act’s potential role in regulating landfill gas emissions. Section II explains the adverse effects of methane emissions generally and the potential benefits of reducing landfill emissions specifically. Section III describes federal emissions standards under the Clean Air Act and incentive programs for expanded use of LGTE. The discussion highlights potential conflicts between divergent means of regulating landfill gas and discusses criticisms of LGTE incentives. Section IV proposes amendments to Landfill Gas Rule that would more effectively control landfill methane emissions and improve the benefits of LGTE projects by reducing their risks. Section V briefly concludes.