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RI seeks $75 million over landfill mismanagement

February 9, 2010

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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Rhode Island is demanding $75 million from directors of the state's main landfill, months after a state audit found vast mismanagement and squandered money.

Lawyers for the governor, general treasurer and attorney general sent letters demanding money to former commissioners and employees of the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation.

The letter says management problems have amounted to "misfeasance, malfeasance, and nonfeasance."

Amy Kempe, a spokeswoman for Gov. Don Cariceri (kuh-CHEHR'-ee), said Tuesday that some of the people who received the letters shouldn't have gotten them and were removed from the list.

An audit in September concluded that the landfill was plagued for years by waste, mismanagement and ethical breaches including suspected rigged bids, dubious land sales and no-bid contracts.