Many people don't think about where waste goes after it leaves the curb, but landfills can be a potentially harmful source of pollution for nearby residents. San Diego's Miramar Landfill has been cited for 26 environmental violations and a breach of operating standards over the last two years due to its high methane levels.
According to the San Diego Union Tribune, the city received 14 citations for high underground methane levels, while contractor Fortistar Methane Group had 12 violations for air pollution and was cited for failure to properly maintain equipment. The high number of infractions is likely to lead to harsher control measures and penalties for Fortistar, John Adams of the San Diego Air Pollution Control District told The Associated Press.
"When there is a repeat problem, we consider taking it to another level - taking it to county counsel, considering an abatement order or other legal remedies that would bring about a better compliance rate," Adams told the AP.
According to the news source, methane is a greenhouse gas that comes from decaying waste. Its strength makes it a serious public safety concern.
While stricter regulations would help to ease the effects on air quality, those who wish to take matters into their own hands should consider purchasing a high-quality air purifier. FreshAirPro offers a full range of the highest quality air filters and cleaners available on the market.