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Landfill Methane Outreach Program

Memorandum of Understanding for Community Partners

OMB Control No. 2060-0446
Approval expires 03/31/16

This is a voluntary partnership between your organization and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP). LMOP's goal is to reduce methane emissions from landfills by encouraging the development of cost-effective and environmentally sound landfill gas (LFG) energy projects. This Memorandum takes effect when signed by both parties. Upon your acceptance as an LMOP Partner, your organization and contact information will be considered publicly available information.

EPA partners with energy users, providers, and marketers; states; energy recovery developers; and others crucial to the success of LFG energy recovery development to help achieve the goals of LMOP. Community Partners are encouraged to work in partnership with EPA in developing their LFG energy projects and to promote their experiences with landfill methane utilization to other communities. The responsibilities of each partner—EPA and the Community Partner—are summarized below.

EPA's Responsibilities

  • Assist the Partner to facilitate LFG energy project development and help the Partner overcome project barriers by providing information, project evaluations, and technical assistance, where appropriate.
  • Conduct an evaluation of the technical and economic feasibility of an LFG energy project.
  • Provide an assessment of potential energy users for the LFG.
  • Publicly recognize the Partner and take actions to increase the public's knowledge of the Partner's involvement with these beneficial projects.
  • Provide and assist the Partner in using marketing tools (e.g., templates for posters, brochures, and press releases) to help the Partner communicate the benefits of LFG utilization to its constituents.
  • Designate an EPA LMOP liaison and notify Partner of any change in the designated liaison.
  • EPA will only release information obtained from the Partner without prior authorization from that organization if required to do so under the Freedom of Information Act, the Agency's regulations at 40 CFR part 2, subpart B, or other applicable law.

Community Partner's Responsibilities

  • Appoint a representative as LMOP Coordinator and notify EPA of any relevant changes.
  • Complete and annually update a project profile focusing on the process the community undertook to develop its project.
  • Participate in the LMOP Peer Network to facilitate the exchange of information on various aspects of LFG energy project development by communicating with peers who have already developed projects.
  • Where appropriate, promote the LFG energy project(s) and LMOP through case studies, project tours, ribbon-cutting ceremonies, or other events.

NOTE: Partner responsibilities apply only after the Partner has successfully developed an LFG energy project.

General Terms

  • As a general principle of LMOP, each party to this agreement agrees to assume the good faith of the other party and to notify the other if any issues arise. Either party can terminate this agreement, without cause or penalty, and both will then cease to publicize the Partner's participation in LMOP (must be submitted in writing).
  • The Partner agrees that the activities it undertakes connected with this MOU are not intended to provide services to the federal government and that the Partner will not submit a claim for compensation to any federal agency/department.
  • The Partner agrees that it will not claim or imply that its participation in LMOP constitutes EPA approval or endorsement of anything other than the Partner's commitment to LMOP (see "LMOP Logo Use Guidelines" on the second page of the Community MOU (PDF) (2 pp, 972 K, About PDF)).
  • The Partner must report the previous year's emission reduction activities annually. If a Partner does not submit an annual report, LMOP will initiate a three step removal process. Details of this process can be provided upon request.

The public reporting and recordkeeping burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 1.5 hours per response. Send comments on the Agency's need for this information, the accuracy of the provided burden estimates, and any suggested methods for minimizing respondent burden, including through the use of automated collection techniques, to the Director, Collection Strategies Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (2822T), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20460. Include the OMB control number in any correspondence. Do not send the completed form to this address.

EPA Form No. 5900-159

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