Municipal Solid Waste Landfill New Source Performance Standards and Emissions Guidelines

The Environmental & Energy Law Program is tracking the environmental regulatory rollbacks of the Trump administration. Click here for the list of rules we are following. If you’re a reporter and would like to speak with an expert on this rule please email us.

Why it Matters

When the waste in landfills decomposes, methane, carbon dioxide, and other often toxic gases are released. These rules require emissions reductions from municipal landfills, targeting the powerful greenhouse gas methane.

Current Status

The challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) delay of the New Source Performance Standards deadlines while it reconsidered the rule was dismissed on February 1, 2018.

However, eight attorneys general filed suit against EPA for its failure to enforce the 2016 Emissions Guidelines for existing municipal and solid waste landfills on May 31, 2018. Environmental groups are also poised to sue for failing to implement and enforce the Emissions Guidelines and compliance times. On June 20, 2018 the Environmental Defense Fund and Natural Resources Defense Council sent a 60 day notice of intent to sue to EPA.

Click here learn more about the history of this rule and actions that have been taken on it by the Trump Administration.

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