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Waste Management established a Corporate Air Program in the early 2000s. The Corporate Air Program is staffed by a Senior Director and two Directors who support the field operations with permitting and compliance obligations. The Senior Director reports to the Corporate Vice President of the Environmental Management Group. Waste Management also employs a field team dedicated to assist with California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii and Alaska state-specific air permitting and compliance needs. This team consists of one Field Manager and several Environmental Specialists who assist field operations and coordinate with Corporate Air Programs to maintain consistency with federal rule implementation.

The Corporate Air Program creates, communicates and issues policies, procedures, best management practices, directives, guidance and strategies related to the protection, control and management of air quality with field operations. The Corporate Air Program also creates and issues standard templates for recordkeeping and reporting GHG emissions pursuant to the EPA and Canadian GHG reporting programs. Standard recordkeeping and reporting templates have also been developed and used by field operations to meet other applicable federal requirements such as New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP). The Corporate Air Program develops and delivers webinar and classroom training on air permitting requirements and recordkeeping and reporting templates to drive compliance with federal rules.

The Air Program’s team develops short-term and long-term permitting and compliance strategies to accommodate existing site conditions and projected new or modified operations at our disposal operations. This includes assisting field operations with permitting beneficial use processes used to convert methane to electricity and renewable fuels.

The Corporate Air Program identifies local, state and federal regulatory impacts to Waste Management field operations. Air Directors interpret environmental data and provide guidance, direction and recommendations to field operations by preparing and reviewing compliance reports, permit applications and draft permits. The team interfaces with Air Regulators during the permit process and regulatory interpretative issues and supports field operations in responding to and resolving violations, warnings or other potential noncompliance issues.

Waste Management’s Air Program also prepares, compiles and presents scientific data, white papers and other technical support to facilitate changes to federal rules and guidance. Corporate Air Program directors coordinate with our field operations, as well as the legal and community affairs departments, to work directly with regulators at the federal and state level. Together, they facilitate changes to federal and state rules and permit conditions, as well as responding to proposed regulatory changes.

We also partner with industry stakeholders, academia and internal engineering to develop new and evaluate existing and emerging technology and processes to mitigate emissions from disposal operations such as combustion and fuel conversion technologies, as well as leachate evaporation technologies. This includes supporting development and testing of emerging methane measurement techniques for landfill emissions.

During CY2019, there was one alleged air emissions noncompliance incident that led to a formal proceeding. On September 19, 2019, Liberty Landfill, LLC, received the proposed agreed order from Indiana Department of Environmental Management. The Agency alleges the facility operated its enclosed siloxane removal flare below the minimum operating temperature required by federal NSPS WWW (40 CFR 60.758) for a total of 284 hours from June 2017 to October 2017. The order was met and closed on January 2, 2020.