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Friday, December 5, 2014

U.S. House grants longer use of Will County landfill

The bill, however, does not lift a restriction that limits the county to accepting only waste generated in Will County.

County officials have made the extended use of the landfill a top legislative priority and have pushed for this bill for the past few years.

“This is a good compromise. Getting an additional 15 years is a huge step forward for us. It gives us stability, so we can plan for the future,” said Nick Palmer, chief of staff for County Executive Larry Walsh.

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