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ENSP 400: Capstone in Environmental Science and Policy

Research guide for ENSP 400: Capstone in Environmental Science and Policy

Direct Measurement of Landfill Methane Emissions in Maryland


  • To conduct a review and analysis of the systems and technologies that exist for conducting direct measurement of methane emissions from landfills and to determine the requirements for setting up a pilot project for direct measurement of these emissions in Maryland.
  • This work will inform CCAN’s efforts as it participates in Maryland’s ongoing rulemaking process on methane emissions from landfills and endeavors to gain a better understanding of what is really coming out of Maryland’s landfills in order to reduce those emissions.

Questions to Answer

  • What are the systems and technologies available and being developed for conducting direct measurement of landfill methane emissions at individual facilities?
  • Are there technologies in place for direct measurement of methane emissions in the oil and natural gas industry that could be transferable to the landfill sector?
  • Are there direct measurement pilot studies being conducted at landfills in the US? By EPA or private entities? In the EU? If so, where are these projects and how are these projects being conducted?
  • What are the requirements for conducting a direct measurement pilot study in Maryland?
    • Which landfill would be best suited for this project? (This could include looking at financial, technical, geographic suitability, but also sites where work would be most beneficial such as addressing EJ concerns)
    • How would it be funded? What sources of funding are available for such projects?

Image of the Scholl Canyon Landfill - Glendale, CA.

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