On July 15, 2016, the EPA announced final updates to its New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) to reduce emissions of methane-rich landfill gas from new MSW landfills. In a separate action, EPA also issued guidelines for reducing emissions from existing MSW landfills. See article on side bar for more information.
Due to political conflict and lack of government resolutions, Beruit is drowning in garbage. Get the full story here.
From trash to treasure: Scientists turn plastic bottles and bags into liquid fuel. Read the full story here.
Teton Vallet Recycling has launched a new website. Check it out at tetonrecycling.org.
A proposal to turn gas at the Milner Butte Landfill in southern Idaho into usable energy is one step closer to reality. Get the full article here, published in the Idaho Mountain Express in October 2016.
Regional Landfill Deal Getting Closer for Adams County Site. Get full article here published in March 2016 by the Lewiston Tribune.
Power County Landfill will now charge a fee of $10 for unsecured loads in an effort to reduce road side litter. See the full artcile here published in December of 2015 by the Power County Press.
Idaho County is looking at a site near Grangeville to build a mega-dumpster site. Read the full article here published in November 2015 by the Morning Tribune.
This negotiated rulemaking has been vacated. The meeting set for June 22, 2017 has been cancelled.
On May 23, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a 90 day administrative stay for the August 2016 New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and Emissions Guidelines (EG) for municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. The 90 day stay began upon publication of EPA’s May 31, 2017 notice in the Federal Register. During the stay, EPA will reconsider certain aspects of the NSPS and EG for existing MSW landfills. As part of the reconsideration process, EPA expects to prepare a proposed rule, which will allow for public comment. Additional information on the stay and reconsideration is available at https://www.epa.gov/stationary-sources-air-pollution/municipal-solid-waste-landfills-new-source-performance-standards.
Based on the stay and the likelihood of updated requirements, DEQ is vacating the current rulemaking effort. This is consistent with the public comments received on the negotiated rule draft. A common theme in the comments received was that DEQ should delay the rulemaking and allow EPA time to address inconsistencies in the rules promulgated in August 2016. After EPA completes its reconsideration, DEQ will assess resuming rulemaking for MSW landfills.
The Idaho Solid Waste Association fall conference will be held on September 12 and 13 in Teton County and Jackson Hole. More information will be coming soon.
The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) needs your help -- and your state's recycling and organics leaders could win! The NRC is asking for nominations for a variety of recycling categories. Please click the following link to submit a nomination: