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Proposed use of optical remote sensing for monitoring emissions from landfills
Author(s): Thomas H. Pritchett
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Paper Abstract

On May 30, 1991, the Office of Air Quality Planning Standards of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published proposed rules regulating the total non-methane organic compounds (NMOC) emissions from municipal solid waste (MSW) landf ills1. Specifically the regulation requires emission controls on any MSW landfill emitting more than 150 Megagrams/year (Mg/yr) (167 tons per year). All landfills with design capacities less than 100,000 Mg (111,000 tons) are automatically exempted. If a landfill's planned capacity exceeds the 100,000 Mg threshold, the NMOC5 must be either estimated or empirically measured on a yearly basis until the total NMOC emissions exceed 150 Mg/yr at which time the installation of a control system is mandatory. The same criteria would also hold for a closed landfill except that the estimate/measurement step would only occur once. The proposed regulation outlined a three—tier approach to be used for this determination.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 May 1995
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2365, Optical Sensing for Environmental and Process Monitoring, (31 May 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.210823
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Thomas H. Pritchett, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2365:
Optical Sensing for Environmental and Process Monitoring
Orman A. Simpson, Editor(s)

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