Environment

Environment
4:59 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Did Copar Quarries Expand Beyond its Means?

In Westerly, the Zoning Board is holding a special meeting this evening about a controversial quarry. The board is hearing an appeal about an expansion at the quarry.

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Environment
2:28 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Groundwater at Davis Superfund Site will take decades to repair

The DEM says the settlement puts polluters on notice.

The Department of Environmental management has reached a settlement in a case over pollution at the Davis Liquid Waste Superfund Site in Smithfield. The settlement was a long time coming, and the clean-up will take even longer.

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Environment
6:23 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Bench Decision Could Halt Operation at Copar Quarry in Westerly

A Superior Court Judge is expected rule on a lawsuit that could temporarily shut down a quarry in Westerly. Residents are complaining that Copar Quarry is a threat to their health. Copar disagrees.

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Environment
8:49 am
Wed March 20, 2013

RI Considers Burning Some Trash

Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation Front Entrance
Credit courtesy RIRRC.org

The state has a long standing ban on incinerating trash. However a new bill introduced in the senate could allow the Central Landfill to look at incinerating some of the state’s trash.

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Environment
8:34 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Bill Would Allow State Landfill Use Glass as a Cover

A bill introduced in the state Senate allows the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation to once again use recycled glass as part of its daily cover material atop the landfill. The original amendment banned construction and demolition materials, including glass, for use as daily cover material at the landfill.

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Environment
3:58 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Providence Bicycle App Now Running Smoothly

Providence launched a smartphone app to track the rides of cyclists earlier this year.  After a couple hiccups, the app is now helping city planners create a bicycle master plan for the city.

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Environment
5:16 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Protecting the Eastern Bluebird in RI

Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Northeast Region flickr.com

As spring arrives in the Ocean State it’s important to monitor your bird houses.

The Eastern bluebird, a native to southern New England, has been on the steady decline since the late 1800’s.  This is in part due to the introduction of the House Sparrow from Europe.

Rhode Islanders can help the Bluebird population by staying vigilant, says Linton Harrington, of the non-profit environmental group the Trustees of Reservations.

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Environment
2:46 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Junk Finds Home Through Reuse Marketplace

The Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation has launched Rhode Island’s participation in a regional program—the “Reuse Marketplace.” This online marketplace allows businesses to find homes for extra items in their offices or warehouses that would otherwise be sent to the landfill.

Businesses and organizations from Rhode Island and several other northeastern states can post items they have or need, and anyone can browse these listings. Resource Recovery Recycling Services Director Sarah Kite says the online marketplace will benefit both businesses and the environment.

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Environment
3:44 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

CRMC Denies Deepwater Wind Request to Waive Fee

A subcommittee of the Coastal Resources Management Council has denied Deepwater Wind’s request to waive a $700,000 fee. Deepwater Wind wanted the application fee waived for its offshore wind farm off Block Island.

After more than two hours of testimony and deliberation, the Ocean Special Area Management Plan subcommittee voted 4 – 1 to deny the fee waiver.

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Environment
4:04 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Glass to Trash: A Solution in the Works

Since last summer, all the glass you put into your recycling bin has been dumped into the landfill with the rest of the garbage. It was due to legislation passed in the General Assembly last session. But after about eight months of work, and more than 13,000 tons of glass thrown away, the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation--the company that runs the state landfill-- may have finally found a home for recyclable glass.

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