Landfill Methane Outreach Program
Memorandum of Understanding for State 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, landfill owners, and others crucial to the success of LFG energy projects to help achieve this goal. State 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 State Partner—are summarized below.
- Assist the State Partner to convene the Landfill Methane Outreach Task Force and develop a state primer.
- Provide materials and technical support to help the Partner develop, organize, and host state-based LMOP LFG energy workshop(s).
- Provide research and hands-on implementation support to help the State Partner initiate innovative policy options to spur LFG energy development.
- Evaluate existing and planned policies and programs with an impact on the LFG industry and work with the Partner, as appropriate, to encourage cost-effective project development.
- Evaluate existing and planned policies and programs with an impact on LFG energy and work with other government agencies at the federal, state, and local levels, as appropriate, to encourage the development of policies that promote cost-effective project development.
- Provide technical and outreach publications (e.g., brochures, updates, technical papers).
- Assist projects by providing relevant information (e.g., a list of Program Partners, a network of experts and peers, candidate landfill sites), project evaluations, and technical assistance, 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.
State Partner's Responsibilities
- Appoint a representative as LMOP Coordinator and notify EPA of any relevant changes.
- Help develop and participate in a state Landfill Methane Outreach Task Force and workshop to encourage information sharing and LFG activity coordination. The first Task Force meeting should be held within 6 months of joining LMOP (or contact LMOP to schedule a more appropriate time).
- Develop a primer for state distribution that provides guidance on state and local regulatory structure, energy policies, project development, and programs related to LFG in the state.
- Work with LMOP to hold a state-based LFG energy workshop (within 2 years of joining LMOP).
- Promote LFG energy project development, outline the progress to date in facilitating project development in the state, and receive input on state-specific issues affecting the development of projects.
- Review state regulations and policies, including permitting processes and standards, to explore opportunities for overcoming barriers to LFG energy recovery projects.
- Work with EPA to consider investigating new policies, mechanisms, and incentives that recognize the full environmental, energy, and economic value of energy recovery and increase the competitiveness of LFG as an energy resource in the state.
- 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 State MOU (PDF) (2 pp, 981 K, About PDF)).
The public reporting and recordkeeping burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 1.5 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. 5900-160