The Landfill Methane Outreach Program is a program run by the EPA to encourage landfill owners to harness the landfill gas produced by municipal solid waste for electricity generation, with the goal of reducing national methane emissions. Over a 20-year period, 1 ton of methane causes 72 times more global warming than 1 ton of carbon dioxide. The landfills participating in the program today produce approximately 15 million MWh of electricity annually, about enough to power 12 million homes. Despite efforts to decrease methane emissions, burning landfill gas for energy produces harmful contaminants, making the benefits of these programs contested.
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