SWANA supports U.S. EPA Rule on RD&D permits at municipal landfills

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has announced that it supports the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) action to allow EPA-approved states to issue research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) permits to municipal solid waste landfills. EPA’s action will encourage the development of new technologies that advance the environmentally sound management of municipal solid waste. The organization says.

"SWANA fully supports this final rule encouraging research and development activities to significantly improve the environmental performance of municipal solid waste landfills," said John H. Skinner, Ph.D. SWANA’s executive director and CEO. "EPA has done an excellent job in working within its statutory authorities to allow innovation while maintaining the necessary requirements that protect human health and the environment."

The rule was signed by the EPA Administrator on March 15, 2004 and was published in the Federal Register on March 22. Under the rule state directors may now provide landfills with variances to allow for research into new landfill technologies, such as bioreactors and phytocovers. In order to grant a variance, the applicants must demonstrate to the state director that compliance with the permit will not increase risk to human health and the environment when compared to a standard municipal solid waste landfill permit.

For more information on the rule and RD&D permits for municipal landfills, visit http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/muncpl/mswlficr/index.htm

To request a copy of SWANA’s original comment letter regarding the proposed rule, contact Liz Garavaglia, marketing and public relations coordinator at lgaravaglia@SWANA.org