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Landfill Gas Primer - An Overview for Environmental Health Professionals

Historical Document

This document is provided by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) ONLY as an historical reference for the public health community. It is no longer being maintained and the data it contains may no longer be current and/or accurate.

This primer is designed to provide environmental health professionals with a general understanding of landfill gases and to help them in responding to community concerns that may be related to landfill gas issues. It provides basic information about the composition, formation, and movement of landfill gas. The primer also discusses health and safety issues related to landfill gas, and it provides information about landfill gas monitoring methods and control measures. Finally, the primer presents some basic guidance on how to communicate information about landfill gas issues.

The document can be accessed in either HTML or PDF as listed below.

The PDF format is the best for readers desiring a printed copy of the document.

Cover [PDF, 174 KB ]
Table of Contents [PDF, 654 KB ]
Preface [PDF, 331 KB ]
Acknowledgements [PDF, 335 KB ]
Chapter 1: Introduction [PDF, 339 KB ]
Chapter 2: Landfill Gas Basics [PDF, 2 MB ]
Chapter 3: Landfill Gas Safety and Health Issues [PDF, 3 MB ]
Chapter 4: Monitoring of Landfill Gas [PDF, 3.56 MB ]
Chapter 5: Landfill Gas Control Measures [PDF, 2 MB ]
Chapter 6: Communication [PDF, 1.62 MB ]


Appendix A [PDF, 336 KB ]
Appendix B [PDF, 1.62 MB ]
Appendix C [PDF, 1 MB ]
Appendix D [PDF, 1 MB ]
Appendix E [PDF, 11 MB ]

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