Organic material in landfills can emit air pollutants as it is broken down by bacteria. These pollutants include methane, other hydrocarbons and carbon dioxide. A District permit is required for any landfill that emits more than one ton per year of reactive organic compounds. Landfills with the potential to emit larger amounts of hydrocarbons are required to install control equipment.
Regulations that apply:
The EPA document AP-42, Section 2.4 describes how to estimate controlled and uncontrolled emissions from landfills. LandGEM is an Excel spreadsheet that can be used to perform the emission calculations.
For more information or assistance, call or e-mail Kevin Brown at (805) 961-8826.
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