WASTE-TO-ENERGY NEWS
ERC Submits Comments on EPA's proposed rule on Mandatory GHG Reporting

The Energy Recovery Council today commented on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule on the mandatory reporting of greenhouse gas emissions.  The rule calls for covered sources emitting over 25,000 tons of CO2e per year to report their emissions of greenhouse gases.  While the ERC recognizes the importance of accurately reporting greenhouse gas emissions, the rule establishes precedents that will impose onerous requirements on the waste-to-energy sector or that will lead to the reporting of misleading or inaccurate information.  Click here to download the ERC comments which detail the greenhouse gas reducing benefits of waste-to-energy and recommend changes that ensure EPA programs focused on either the reporting, inventorying, or reduction of greenhouse gas emissions accurately reflect the specific greenhouse gas reducing properties of waste-to-energy.

Energy Recovery Council Supports the Wyden Amendment

The Energy Recovery Council wrote to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman and ranking member Lisa Murskowski today to offer its support for an amendment filed by Senator Ron Wyden to include waste-to-energy as a renewable resource in the renewable energy standard (RES).  The Energy and Natural Resources Committee is scheduled to mark up the RES on June 4 and Wyden's amendment would ensure that waste-to-energy receives proper recognition as a renewable energy source, consistent with other federal and state laws. 

Waste-to-Energy and Recycling Work in Concert

A newly released report entitled "A Compatibility Study: Recycling and Waste-to-Energy Work in Concert, A 2009 Update" shows that waste-to-energy and recycling continue to work hand-in-hand in communities across America.  In this June 2009 report, Eileen Berenyi of Governmental Advisory Associates concludes that communities nationwide using waste-to-energy have an aggregate recycling rate at least 5 percentage points above the national average. 

ERC Recognizes June as Hauler Safety Month

Each year, the Energy Recovery Council and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration recognize June as Hauler Safety Month, as part of an Alliance agreement entered into by ERC and OSHA.  Starting today, waste-to-energy facilities across the national are focusing on trash haulers during a month-long national safety campaign The OSHA and ERC Alliance focuses on providing the association’s members and others, including small businesses, with information, guidance, and access to training resources to help them protect employees' health and safety.  ERC members plan hauler safety day events at more than 60 facilities nationwide centered on the campaign “SAFETY: DO IT FOR LIFE” that personalizes the importance of keeping safety first in mind at work for the waste hauler and his or her family.

House Energy & Commerce Committee Recognizes Waste-to-Energy as Climate-Friendly, Renewable

The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted 33-25 on May 21 to pass sweeping legislation that would overhaul U.S. energy and global warming policy and recognize waste-to-energy as a climate-friendly renewable resource.  Democrats largely held together in support of the 946-page bill shaped over several months of closed-door negotiations and nearly 40 hours of debate.