Louisiana Landfill Recognized by EPA

St. Landry Parish landfill project in Washington, La., has been recognized for transforming waste into renewable energy.

February 18, 2013
REW Staff

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized St. Landry Parish Landfill, located in Washington, La., for generating renewable energy from a local source while protecting the climate, providing energy savings and strengthening the economy.

The landfill is one of eight landfill methane utilization projects and partners that was recognized at the EPA’s 16th Annual Landfill Methane Outreach Program Conference http://www.epa.gov/lmop/workshops/16th.html held Jan. 30, 2013.

The landfill is home to a compressed natural gas project developed by the St. Landry Parish Solid Waste District. The project converts 50 cubic feet per minute of landfill gas into 250 gallons of gasoline equivalent, resulting in significant benefits in local air quality.

The other awardees recognized by during the conference include: Gundersen Health System and La Crosse County Landfill Combined Heat and Power Project (Wisconsin), Landfill Energy Systems (Michigan), Lycoming County Landfill Dual Cogeneration and Electricity Project (Pennsylvania), Millersville Landfill Electricity Project (Maryland), Olinda Alpha Landfill Combined Cycle Project (California), Watauga County Landfill Small Electricity Project (North Carolina), and Coca-Cola and Hickory Ridge Landfill Combined Heat and Power Project (Georgia).

EPA’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program is a voluntary assistance and partnership program that reduces greenhouse gas emissions by supporting landfill gas energy project development. The program has assisted with more than 560 landfill gas energy projects over the past 18 years. The U.S. currently has about 600 operational landfill gas energy projects in operation.