NWRA’s Anne Germain Highlights Work of Industry to Curb Landfill Gas Emissions Before Senate EPW Committee
Arlington, VA – Today, Anne Germain, chief operating officer and senior vice president of technical and regulatory affairs at the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA), testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee at its hearing, “Avoiding, Detecting, and Capturing Methane Emissions from Landfills.”
In her written testimony, Germain said, “Our sector is subject to extensive federal state and local environmental requirements, including stringent design, operation, monitoring and closure and post-closure standards set under federal laws, such as the Clean Air Act. Based on data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), landfill air emissions have declined by nearly 45% between 1990 and 2021. We are proud of this progress.”
NWRA acknowledges that action to address the climate crisis is necessary and its members are committed to reducing climate impacts even further, in accordance with the goals of the Global Methane Pledge. Waste and recycling companies work hard to closely monitor emissions, take corrective action when necessary and invest in infrastructure that transforms waste into energy to power communities, fuel vehicles and offset the impacts of climate change.
The industry welcomes the opportunity to work with Congress toward meaningful policy solutions that will lead to the capture of more methane from landfills. NWRA supported the tax credit for “qualified biogas properties;” however, a recent proposal from the Treasury Department would nearly eliminate biogas processing facilities from eligibility for the tax credit. NWRA urges the committee to support efforts to call on the Treasury Department to reverse course on its proposal.
You may read Germain’s full written testimony here.
The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry. Association members conduct business in all 50 states and include companies that manage waste, recycling and medical waste, equipment manufacturers and distributors, and a variety of other service providers. For more information about NWRA, please visit www.wasterecycling.org.
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