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Environment
2:35 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

CRMC Subcommittee To Decide Its Recommendation On Offshore Wind Farm

Credit RIPR File

A subcommittee of the Coastal Resources Management Council will take another step in the permitting process for a proposed offshore wind farm in state waters, when it decides next week whether to recommend approval for the project. 

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Environment
3:35 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

RI Could Get Less Snow Than Expected

The National Weather Service has reported that this week's upcoming snowstorm will be less intense than originally expected, with the state receiving just 1 to 3 inches Tuesday night through Wednesday morning.

National Weather Service spokesman Bill Simpson says that although there have been more storms than usual this winter, the amount of snow is not out of the ordinary.

"It's not that unusual. It's not record-breaking snow, it's not record-breaking cold, but it has been pretty persistent. It's lasting into the first week of spring and maybe almost into early April."

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Environment
8:39 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Composting Programs Priority For RI's Central Landfill

With the shrinking capacity of the Central Landfill, the executive director of the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation wants recycling and composting food waste to become a priority, not just for the agency, but for the state.

Executive director Michael O’Connell said there’s no time to waste. The landfill’s gates will close in about 25 years at the current rate we’re sending trash to it. He wants people to feel a sense of urgency about the group effort it’s going to take to increase recycling and composting food waste.

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Environment
5:30 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Narragansett Bay Commission To Temporarily Close Sewer Overflow Tunnel

When the Narragansett Bay Commission temporarily closes its sewer overflow tunnel, the Department of Environmental Management will revert to its old rules for shellfish closures for the Upper Narragansett Bay in order to protect people's health.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

Starting today, the Narragansett Bay Commission will temporarily close a tunnel that’s part of a long-term, massive project designed to meet the federal clean water act. During heavy rains, that tunnel normally stores overflows of sewer and street runoff that are later treated and released into Narragansett Bay. Now the tunnel will be offline for the next three to four weeks.

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Environment
6:00 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

U.S. Senate Passed Bill To Prevent Hikes In Flood Insurance Premiums

The U.S. Senate approved legislation this week that would spare many Rhode Island homeowners from sharp rate hikes in their federal flood insurance policies.

The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act was passed in response to the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012.

The Biggert-Waters Act required the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, to develop new rates for flood insurance premiums that more accurately reflect flood risk.

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Environment
5:48 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Narragansett Bay Commission Looks For Cheaper, Greener Ways To Finish Sewer Overflow Project

The Narragansett Bay Commission has started to re-evaluate the third and final phase of the combined sewer overflow project. The project aims to reduce the amount of untreated sewage and polluted runoff overflows entering Narragansett Bay and its tributaries. Federal officials ordered the overhaul to meet the federal Clean Water Act.

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Environment
6:25 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

RIPTA Ends Free Ridership On Poor Air Quality Days

Credit RIPR File Photo

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority will no longer offer free bus rides on days with poor air quality. RIPTA is ending the program, because the agency doesn’t have money to support it this year.

RIPTA has offered free rides on days with poor air quality since 1995, according to Amy Pettine, the agency’s director of planning and marketing. It has been a longtime partner with the departments of health, transportation, and environmental management in issuing alerts for poor air quality days.

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Environment
5:41 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

U.S. Senators To Speak All Night To Urge Climate Change Action

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse will co-lead nearly 30 U.S. Democratic senators on the Senate floor as they deliver speeches urging climate change action during an all-night session.
Credit Courtesy of U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

Climate change is real, but solvable. That’s the message Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and nearly 30 other  U.S. Democratic senators want to send to Congress as they pull an all-night session on the Senate floor tonight.

In a teleconference, the president of the League of Conservation Voters said gathering nearly 30 senators from at least 20 states to talk about climate change is unprecedented. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse added that tonight’s speeches are a sign Congress can pass a climate bill, but there’s more work to do.

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Environment
1:53 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

RISD, Brown Team Up To Build A Solar House

Students from RISD, Brown, and the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt in Germany are building a solar house using existing materials in new ways to create a soft enclosure. This is a rendering of the solar house.
Courtesy of Team Inside Out

Leave it to a team of the brightest students in Rhode Island to design a solar-powered house made almost entirely out of high-quality fabrics. Students from Brown, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt in Germany are competing as one team, called Team Inside Out, in the 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe, taking place in Versailles, France in July.

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Environment
10:02 am
Fri February 28, 2014

New England Fishermen To Receive Nearly $33 Million In Disaster Relief

Credit August Linnman / Creative Commons

Nearly $33 million in disaster relief money will soon flow to help New England fishermen hurting from declining fish stocks and tighter fishing limits. The federal government declared a fisheries disaster last year in Rhode Island. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, and Reps. Jim Langevin and David Cicilline joined other congressional leaders to include $74 million in fisheries disaster in the fiscal year 2014 appropriations bill.

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