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Emission Guidelines for MSW Landfill Emissions

On November 21, 1998, the emission guidelines for municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills in New York State were promulgated. These guidelines were modified on October 24, 2001. These guidelines are required by 40 CFR 60 Subpart Cc and apply to landfills that meet the following criteria:

  • accepted waste at any time since November 8, 1987;
  • have a design capacity of 2.5 million megagrams (2.75 million tons) and 2.5 million cubic meters (3.3 million cubic yards); and
  • has a non-methane organic compound emission rate that meets or exceeds 50 megagrams per year (55 tons/year)

MSW landfills with a design capacity that meets or exceeds the criteria cited above must submit a non-methane organic compound (NMOC) emission report to the Department. If the NMOC emission rate meets or exceeds 50 megagrams per year (55 tons/year), a collection and control system must be installed at the landfill. The design for this system must be submitted within one year of the initial NMOC calculation and must be installed within 30 months after the initial NMOC calculation. The collection system must be designed to collect landfill gas from all areas of the landfill where MSW has been placed. The control system must reduce NMOC by 98% or reduce the outlet concentration of NMOC to less than 20 parts per million by volume (dry, as hexane at 3% oxygen). MSW landfills that meet or exceed the design capacity criteria cited above are subject to Title V permitting.

If you have questions regarding this regulation, contact the Bureau of Stationary Sources at (518) 402-8403.

The following is a list of landfills subject to the requirements of either the emission guidelines (EG) or 40 CFR 60 Subpart WWW (NSPS):

Region Name of Landfill Requirement
Region 1 Brookhaven Landfill & Recycling EG
Region 2 Fresh Kills LF EG
Region 3 Al Turi LF EG
Sullivan Co. LF NSPS
Region 4 Albany LF NSPS
Colonie LF NSPS
Region 5 Clinton Co. LF NSPS
Fulton Co. LF NSPS
Region 6 Ava LF NSPS
Region 7 Auburn Sanitary LF NSPS
Madison Co. LF NSPS
Nanticoke LF NSPS
Region 8 New Bath LF NSPS
Chemung Co. LF EG
High Acres LF NSPS
Mill Seat NSPS
Ontario Co. LF NSPS
Seneca Meadows NSPS
Region 9 Hyland LF NSPS
Modern LF NSPS
Chautauqua Co. LF NSPS