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Waste Management making diesel, wax from landfill gas in Oklahoma

Waste Management Inc. has built facilities to produce diesel and wax from gas captured at a landfill that recently was removed from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund list.
By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer Modified: May 3, 2014 at 3:00 pm •  Published: May 3, 2014

Waste Management Inc. on Friday trumpeted the results of a pilot project to turn landfill gas into diesel fuel while celebrating the site’s removal from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund list.

The dual celebration drew a host of city, county and state leaders to the East Oak Landfill, which was placed on the feds’ cleanup list in 1992 because contaminants such as benzene and vinyl chloride were found in ground water.

Carl Edlund, director of EPA’s Superfund division, said the east Oklahoma City site is the 375th one to be removed from the Superfund list. It is the seventh of 14 Oklahoma sites to be cleaned up.

Edlund praised Waste Management for its innovative approach to use the available energy at the site.

“This represents a new level that we want others to try,” he said.

Edlund presented company official with a certification of appreciation he called a “green-ovation award.”

Pete Schultze, Waste Management’s senior district manager, credited state and federal regulators with helping the company achieve success with natural gas collection technology first pitched to it about a decade ago.

“It is a prime example of what can happen when all of these entities work together,” he said.

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