Pennsylvania Recognized as EPA Landfill Methane Partner of the Year

February 20, 2006

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) with the State Partner of the Year Ward for DEP's landfill methane projects. The award took place at the national conference and expo of the EPA Landfill Methane Outreach Program in Baltimore on February 18. See the list of award winners.

Pennsylvania was selected because of DEP's commitment to developing projects that convert landfill methane into energy. These projects convert methane, which is one of the strongest greenhouse gases, into productive use and provide a revenue stream for landfill operators and local communities. The EPA publishes online a list of benefits of landfill-gas-to-energy projects.

DEP supported to landfill methane projects by:

  • Providing partial funding for five landfill-gas-to-energy projects.
  • Awarding grants to landfill gas use as an alternative fuel through Pennsylvania Energy Harvest. One of these projects, the Lanchester Landfill in Granger, Pennsylvania, was partially funded by DOE through the State Energy Program.
  • Publishing a primer on landfill methane projects with the EPA (PDF 937 KB). Download Adobe reader.