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AB 1534 (Irwin) Remote sensing of methane emissions from municipal solid waste landfills

Tractor pushing garbage in a landfill.

Existing law, The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 designates the State Air Resources Board (ARB) as the state agency charged with monitoring and regulating sources of emissions of greenhouse gases. Existing law requires the ARB to approve and begin implementing a comprehensive short-lived climate pollutant (SLCP) strategy to achieve a reduction in the statewide emissions of methane by 40 percent below 2013 levels by 2030, and requires methane emissions reduction goals to include specified targets to reduce the landfill disposal of organics. The ARB has implemented regulations pursuant to the act for the purpose of reducing methane emissions from municipal solid waste landfills.

This bill would require the ARB, no later than June 30, 2026, to evaluate and, if feasible and to the extent data is available, revise those regulations to incorporate the use of methane remote sensing data.

Committee Location: Held in the Assembly Appropriations Committee May 18, 2023.

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