Tapping methane produced from decaying garbage in landfills to generate electricity was among California’s earliest experiments in renewable energy.
But in order to comply with a new regional rule to cut another pollutant — the one that often leaves Southern California blanketed in a layer of smog — a Riverside County landfill has decided to shut down its generators and will simply flare the methane, sending tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
The decision reflects a clash of environmental goals and regulations — and demonstrates some of the difficult choices confronting California as it pushes ahead on reducing greenhouse gases. Environmental policies on water use and storage, for example, can reduce the amount of hydro power the state will be able to generate.
The regulations are further complicated because climate change programs are largely run by the state’s Air Resources Board, while smog and toxic rules are largely determined by regional agencies like the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
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