A property in Johnston is the latest target in the fight to save Rhode Island's farmland from development. It's an issue that pits the rights of property owners against concerns about preserving green space. In this case, the application to change the zoning ordinance on the farmland has come to a temporary halt, as the owner considers his options. He's in talks with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management about how to move forward. Rhode Island Public Radio’s environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza joined Elisabeth Harrison in the studio to share more details.
The mayor of Johnston said the town was extremely lucky no one was hurt during an explosion and fire near a power plant at the Central Landfill Tuesday morning. The town has padlocked the plant for safety reasons.
The fire and explosion were reported at a generator that’s used to convert landfill gases into electricity. It’s operated by Broadrock Renewables – the same company that had a newer power station shut down last week due to concerns about odors. Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena said it appears to have been a sizeable blast.
The town of Johnston has taken the unusual step of shutting down the company charged with drawing off gases from the state’s Central Landfill. The reason is that persistent rotten egg smell that’s dogged the town for years.