Landfill Methane Outreach Program
Memorandum of Understanding for Energy Partners
OMB Control No. 2060-0446
Approval expires 03/31/16
This is a voluntary partnership between your organization and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP). LMOP's goal is to reduce methane emissions from landfills by encouraging the development of cost-effective and environmentally sound landfill gas (LFG) energy projects. This Memorandum takes effect when signed by both parties. Upon your acceptance as an LMOP Partner, your organization and contact information will be considered publicly available information.
EPA partners with energy users, providers, and marketers; states; energy recovery developers; and others crucial to the success of LFG energy recovery development to help achieve the goals of LMOP. Energy users, providers, and marketers are encouraged to investigate options for using landfill methane in applications that most effectively help them achieve their corporate goals. The responsibilities of each partner—EPA and the Energy Partner—are summarized below.
- Assist in finding landfills with available LFG (i.e., potential project locations) and assist projects by providing relevant information, project feasibility evaluations, and technical assistance, where appropriate, and, if warranted, assist in the resolution of project issues or problems.
- Provide program support, including prototype customer marketing and communication materials and workshop/seminar organization.
- Help facilitate green power/green pricing marketing programs. Supply information on green power, utility restructuring, and how LFG can fit into these initiatives.
- Evaluate existing and planned policies and programs with an impact on the LFG industry and work with other government agencies at the federal, state, and local levels, as appropriate, to remove barriers and to encourage the development of effective policies and programs to promote LFG energy recovery.
- Provide technical support for the demonstration of innovative energy recovery options, where appropriate.
- Publicly recognize the Partner's participation in LFG energy projects.
- Designate an EPA LMOP liaison and notify Partner of any change in the designated liaison.
- EPA will only release information obtained from the Partner without prior authorization from that organization if required to do so under the Freedom of Information Act, the Agency's regulations at 40 CFR part 2, subpart B, or other applicable law.
Energy Partner's Responsibilities
- Complete a corporate energy profile that includes: current LFG energy project information, renewables purchasing policies and procedures, and corporate environment goals, and update this information annually.
- Appoint a representative as LMOP Coordinator and notify EPA of any relevant changes.
- Consider incorporating LFG energy recovery into your business objectives and/or promoting LFG energy recovery to your customers. Submit a statement of the options being considered upon joining the program and update this statement on an annual basis describing the activities undertaken during the previous year. These activities might include:
- Direct purchase of LFG energy.
- Consider development of an LFG green marketing initiative.
- Cooperation with key customers like municipal governments or potential end users on mutually beneficial project development.
- Participation in an emerging technology demonstration project, such as fuel cells or microturbine applications.
- Development of an educational effort aimed at the general public or at targeted groups, such as schools, to publicize the benefits of LFG energy and the Energy Partner's involvement in these types of projects.
- As a general principle of LMOP, each party to this agreement agrees to assume the good faith of the other party and to notify the other if any issues arise. Either party can terminate this agreement, without cause or penalty, and both will then cease to publicize the Partner's participation in LMOP (must be submitted in writing).
- The Partner agrees that the activities it undertakes connected with this MOU are not intended to provide services to the federal government and that the Partner will not submit a claim for compensation to any federal agency/department.
- The Partner agrees that it will not claim or imply that its participation in LMOP constitutes EPA approval or endorsement of anything other than the Partner's commitment to LMOP (see "LMOP Logo Use Guidelines" on the second page of the Energy MOU (PDF) (2 pp, 976 K, About PDF)).
- The Partner must report the previous year's emission reduction activities annually. If a Partner does not submit an annual report, LMOP will initiate a three step removal process. Details of this process can be provided upon request.
The public reporting and recordkeeping burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 2 hours per response. Send comments on the Agency's need for this information, the accuracy of the provided burden estimates, and any suggested methods for minimizing respondent burden, including through the use of automated collection techniques, to the Director, Collection Strategies Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (2822T), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20460. Include the OMB control number in any correspondence. Do not send the completed form to this address.
EPA Form No. 5900-161