Frank R. Bowerman Landfill

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The Frank R. Bowerman Landfill is a landfill in the western Santa Ana Mountains, in Orange County, California. It opened in 1990.[1] The landfill is located between Limestone Canyon Regional Park and State Route 241.[2]

It is one of the largest landfills in California and the ninth largest in the United States.[3] It contains an estimated 31 million tons of waste.


It was named after Professor Frank R. Bowerman, former director of environmental engineering programs, at the University of Southern California, and former president of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and the American Academy for Environmental Protection. Bowerman was also a technical consultant to the environmentally themed science fiction film Soylent Green.[4][5]

Landfill gas utilization[edit]

It is the site for the world’s first commercial landfill gas to liquid natural gas project, the Bowerman Landfill Project, constructed by Prometheus Energy, an LNG fuel company based in Redmond, Washington, and Montauk Energy, a capital investment firm.[6][7][8][9]


  1. ^ "public notice on proposed revision of the Bowerman Landfill permit" (PDF). Retrieved January 17, 2012.
  2. ^ "OC Weekly website". Retrieved January 17, 2012.
  3. ^ Wheeler, Ian (October 27, 2013). "From Buried Trash, A Treasure Chest of Energy". The Orange County Register. p. News 35.
  4. ^ American alchemy: the history of solid waste management in the United States – H. Lanier Hickman – Google Books. Google Books. Retrieved January 17, 2012.
  5. ^ atomjack. "fUSION Anomaly. Soylent Green". Retrieved January 17, 2012.
  6. ^ "Prometheus Energy website". Archived from the original on October 26, 2010. Retrieved August 8, 2010.
  7. ^ Montauk Energy website Archived March 3, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Sultan, Michael. ""Prometheus Energy Announces First Delivery of LNG by LNG-Fuelled Vehicle", Business Wire, October 31, 2007 (summary)". Retrieved January 17, 2012.
  9. ^ ""Fuelling new ideas: Conversion of biogas into LNG becomes reality", Dan Clarkson, Waste Management World website". Archived from the original on March 10, 2012. Retrieved January 17, 2012.

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Coordinates: 33°42′58.10″N 117°42′10.72″W / 33.7161389°N 117.7029778°W / 33.7161389; -117.7029778