With Dane County officials’ approval, construction will start soon on a system that will be used to capture carbon dioxide given off by the local landfill.
The county board of supervisors is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Thursday and vote on a $387,000 system meant to keep CO2 from escaping from the landfill and getting into the atmosphere. CO2 is often referred to as a greenhouse gas and blamed for global climate change.
The project is expected to prevent as many as 59,000 tons of the gas from escaping into the air every year. The Dane County Sanitary Landfill lies off U.S. Highway 12, southeast of Madison.
Dane County recently completed an extension of the landfill, a project meant to prevent there being a need to open another dump site elsewhere. The county’s budget also contains $50,000 to pay for a study that would consider whether a soon-to-be-closed part of the landfill could be covered with a material capable of generating solar energy. Follow @TDR_WLJDan