Landfill Methane Outreach Program
Memorandum of Understanding for Industry 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 customers, state agencies, project developers, and others crucial to the success of LFG energy project development to help achieve the goals of LMOP. Industry Partners are encouraged to promote landfill methane utilization in the way that most effectively helps them achieve their organization's objectives. The responsibilities of each partner—EPA and the Industry Partner—are summarized below.
- Provide information on candidate landfill sites.
- Help the Industry Partner communicate its involvement in LFG energy projects by providing media relations support, and publicly recognize the Partner's public service in protecting the environment, educating the public, and participating in LMOP.
- Create a list of participating LMOP Partners and provide networking opportunities with experts and peers.
- Evaluate existing and planned policies and programs with an impact on LFG industry and work with other government agencies at the federal, state, and local levels, as appropriate, to encourage cost-effective project development.
- Where appropriate, evaluate specific project information when requested, and, if warranted, assist in the resolution of project issues or problems.
- Evaluate project(s) technical and economic feasibility.
- Where appropriate, provide technical support for demonstration of innovative LFG technologies.
- Where appropriate, provide energy market analyses and outreach to potential energy buyers.
- Provide publications (e.g., brochures, updates, technical papers) that explain the benefits of LFG energy projects and the activities of LMOP.
- 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
Industry Partner's Responsibilities
- Provide LMOP with a list of past and current LFG energy projects that the Partner has been involved in, indicating planned projects where LMOP can focus its efforts, and update this list annually.
- Appoint a representative as LMOP Coordinator and notify EPA of any relevant changes.
- Designate at least one LFG expert to LMOP who is available to answer questions about his or her area(s) of LFG energy development expertise.
- Provide and annually update information on the products and services the Partner offers.
- Where appropriate, work with EPA to prepare case studies of the Industry Partner's successful LFG energy recovery projects and make one or more of the Partner's facilities available as a "showcase project" for informational tours.
- 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 Industry MOU (PDF) (2 pp, 859 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. 5900-157