RI State Landfill Gets Permits to Grow

JOHNSTON, R.I. (AP) – The state landfill in Johnston has been given permission to expand.

State environmental officials have given the go-ahead for the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corp. to open a 103-acre section of the landfill at the State Central Landfill that is expected to fulfills the state's trash needs for more than 17 years.

Executive Director Michael J. O'Connell says the new section is expected to be open in about two years. The state Department of Environmental Management gave the landfill permits to expand on the condition that it addresses concerns about trash odors by using the best possible systems for collecting fumes.

The Providence Journal reports that the landfill will also not be allowed accept certain types of waste from construction sites that cause odors.

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