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In the News: Neighbors Make a Stink About Road Paved With Clamshells

by Matt Reed, NBC 10 News | Jun 20, 2017

TIVERTON, R.I. (WJAR) — Some residents of Tiverton have been dealing with the terrible smell of decaying shellfish for days now.

An access road located just off 3118 Main Road is what has neighbors holding their noses and shaking their fists at the property owner.

The smell is coming from clamshells that were allegedly laid down on the property a week ago. 
Neighbors said the owner is using the shells to build the access road to his farm. But they say he used unwashed clams.

Some clam meat is visible and maggots are starting to feed on it.

Tiverton police and the state Department of Environmental Management told NBC 10 News that they are investigating.

But in the meantime, neighbors have to live with the nauseating sight and smell.

"Some parts still has the meat, so now it's decaying. It's like bodies decaying. So, you've got about a million bodies decaying," said Sharon Moore, who lives next door.

The owner of the property hung up when NBC 10 reached him by phone Tuesday.