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Methane Capture: Options for Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction
Table 2. Selected Legislation Proposed in the I I I th Congress Relevant to Methane
Bill (Short Title) General Purpose Comments
A. Bills to Capture Methane
H.R. I 158 (Biogas Production
Incentive Act of 2009)
H.R. 3202 (Water Protection and
Reinvestment Act of 2009)
H.R. 1342 (Landfill Greenhouse
Gas Reduction Act)
H.R. 3534 (Consolidated Land,
Energy, and Aquatic Resources
Act of 2009)
H.R. 2454 (American Clean
Energy and Security Act of 2009)
To promote biogas production, and
for other purposes.
To establish a Water Protection and
Reinvestment Fund to support
investments in clean water and
drinking water infrastructure, and for
To amend the Solid Waste Disposal
Act to provide for the reduction of
greenhouse gases, and for other
To provide greater efficiencies,
transparency, returns, and
accountability in the administration of
Federal mineral and energy resources
by consolidating administration of
various Federal energy minerals
management and leasing programs
into one entity to be known as the
Office of Federal Energy and Minerals
Leasing of the Department of the
Interior, and for other purposes.
The four titles of the legislation cover
clean energy, energy efficiency,
reducing global warming pollution,
transitioning to a clean energy
economy, and adaption to climate
The biogas must contain at least 52%
Considers the installation of small
renewable energy generators for
methane capture as an eligible activity
for climate change adaptation and
Allows for the collection of a fee on
solid waste received by a solid waste
landfill and requires the local
government to use the revenues
generated by such fees for entities to
undertake approved GHG reduction
projects within its jurisdiction (e.g.
landfill gas recovery projects).
Any coal lease issued on lands for
which the United States owns both
the coal and gas resources shall
include a requirement that the lessee
recover the coal mine methane
associated with the leased coal
resources to the maximum feasible
extent, taking into account the
economics of both the mining and
methane capture operations.
Coal mine methane used to generate
electricity at or near the mine mouth
is considered a qualifying energy
resource (e.g., source of usable
The carbon dioxide-equivalent of I
ton of methane is 25 metric tons.
Sec. 732, "Establishment of an Offsets
Program," may include greenhouse
gas reductions achieved through the
destruction of methane and its
conversion to carbon dioxide.
Under Title VIII, "Additional
Greenhouse Gas Standards," the
Administrator shall include in the
inventory each source category that is
responsible for at least 10% of the
uncapped methane emissions in 2005.
The inventory required by this section
shall not include sources of enteric
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