EPA's Whitman Visits Waste Management's Landfill Gas Project

Atlanta, GA - EPA Administrator Christie Whitman toured Waste Management's landfill gas-to-energy project at the company's Bolton Road Landfill in Atlanta. Whitman's visit coincides with the release of the President's Energy Plan and the role the EPA will play in promoting energy efficiency and conservation by pursuing alternative energy sources -- such as landfill gas.

"This operation is a great example of the two things that I believe will guide our work as we prepare to meet the energy needs of the 21st Century: innovation and partnerships," said Whitman. "President Bush and I believe strongly in the power of public-private partnerships between government and industry. I am pleased that both Waste Management and Blue Circle Cement actively participate, along with 250 other allies and partners, in EPA's Landfill Methane Outreach Program."

Waste Management CEO and President A. Maurice Myers added: "Waste Management has a unique vantage point. Whether as a waste company or an energy company, taking care of the environment is our core business. It's what we do every day. We welcome the President's energy proposals, and we look forward to working with Gov. Whitman and others in the administration."

The Bolton Road Landfill project started in 1994 when Waste Management began exploring beneficial ways to use the methane gas that is naturally created through the decomposition of garbage in a landfill. That same year, Waste Management entered into an agreement with its industrial neighbor, Blue Circle Cement Plant, to supply landfill gas for use in the manufacturing of cement.

The project was a win-win for both Waste Management and Blue Circle Cement. Waste Management found a beneficial use for the landfill gas, and Blue Circle saved on energy costs by switching from natural gas to landfill gas. Landfill gas has lived up to its promise of being a reliable, renewable energy resource. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has endorsed landfill gas as an environmentally friendly energy resource and recently named one of Waste Management's landfill gas-to- energy projects in Pen Argyl, Pa., the "2000 Project of the Year."

For more than 15 years, Waste Management has combined technology with environmental and operations expertise to provide communities with an energy resource that is produced naturally and is readily available. Waste Management currently supplies landfill gas to 39 landfill gas-to-electricity projects and 28 medium BTU gas projects in 21 states. In all, the gas-to-electricity projects provide more than 170 megawatts of energy, enough to power approximately 150,000 homes.

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