RI Residents to Protest Recycling Center Expansion

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Residents, lawmakers and environmental groups opposed to the expansion of a Rhode Island business that recycles construction debris are urging the state to block the landfill's plans.

Opponents are rallying Monday afternoon in East Providence.

The state is now reviewing a proposal by TLA-Pond View to expand the size of its recycling plant from 500 tons of construction waste per day to 1,500 tons per day. Opponents argue the expansion will produce unpleasant noise, dust and odors.

Jack Walsh, vice president of TLA, says many of the facility's critics moved into the area since it opened in 1998 and oppose any industrial use of the property.

There's no date for a decision from the state.
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