Air quality detectors to be installed near landfill

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The operators of Rhode Island’s main landfill will install new air quality monitors in surrounding communities in an effort to prevent the return of noxious odors that prompted hundreds of complaints last fall.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced Wednesday that he has signed legislation requiring new air monitors in Johnston and Cranston. Results from the tests will be submitted to local officials and posted on the landfill’s website.

Residents living as far as 15 miles away objected to rotten-egg odors coming from the Central Landfill last year.

Operators of the landfill say complaints fell sharply following the installation of new gas flares and wells to eliminate landfill gas.

State Sen. Frank Lombardo, who called for the new air quality monitors, said the sensors will help prevent the return of the odors.

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