STOCKTON – The county’s largest landfill has for the second time been placed on a state list of offenders after inspections turned up high levels of explosive methane gas.

The 567-acre, privately owned Forward Landfill said it plans to correct the problem by building new wells to collect the excess gas, with construction starting next week.

Methane gas forms within landfills as garbage decomposes. Forward’s 300 wells suck up the gas, 75 percent of which is then burned off. Another 25 percent is used to generate power.

 

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