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Tiverton asks permission to pile more in landfill

Tiverton is requesting permission from the state Department of Environmental Management to expand the height of its landfill by 3 feet.

Stephen Berlucchi, the director of the town's Department of Public Works, tells the Newport Daily News the expansion of the 33-acre landfill would allow it to remain open for two more years.

The landfill is currently expected to reach capacity in January, 2017.

Once it is closed, trash from Tiverton would be shipped to Johnston.

Berlucchi says allowing the expansion would save about $900,000 in hauling fees and tipping fees.

It also would give the town more time to raise money for capping the landfill, which is expected to cost about $9 million. The town now has $6 million in its closure account.

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