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Landfill to Sell Natural Gas

Dubuque’s landfill has reached an agreement to sell the natural gas it produces. It’s a move expected to reduce damage to the environment and create local jobs. The Dubuque Metro Area Solid Waste Agency’s board of directors has approved selling the rights to the gas to Trillium, a natural gas company out of Texas. Landfills naturally emit methane and carbon dioxide. The gas from the Dubuque landfill is currently being burned off. But Trillium plans to capture the gas and use it to power homes and cars. Landfill administrator John Foster says the move will create additional revenue while also providing a boost in local jobs. The sale of the natural gas rights could bring in up to $700,000.

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