EPA updates methane requirements for landfills

By Devin Henry, The Hill.

Under new rules announced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday, solid waste landfill operators must begin capturing methane emissions from their sites at levels one-third lower than current standards permit. 

The rule, finalized Friday after being proposed a year ago next month, updates 20-year-old standards for methane emissions at landfills. 

The new standards will reduce landfill emissions by up to 334,000 tons a year by 2025 and produce climate benefits worth $512 million annually by then, the EPA announced.