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Casella Subsidiary Receives Permit To Expand Coventry Landfill

A man stands above a landfill pit.
Jane Lindholm
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VPR File
In this 2015 file photo, Joe Gay - an engineer with Casella Waste Systems - stands before the Coventry landfill. The Coventry landfill has recently been approved for a 51-acre expansion.

The Coventry landfill in northern Vermont now has permission to expand by 51 acres. The state issued a permit to the landfill's owners Friday after an extended public comment period.

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In response to public feedback, the Department of Environmental Conservation added three new obligations to the permit, all having to do with PFAS chemicals.

The company, a subsidiary of Casella Waste Systems, must sample for the chemicals regularly, investigate the sources of the chemicals in their waste and evaluate treatment options for wastewater from the landfill.

"There will continue to be a lot of opportunities for public comment," said Emily Boedecker, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. "And this process is the richer and the better for a really engaged public."

The Coventry landfill expansion is expected to be ready for use in four years.

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