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Environment
9:50 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Public Called Upon to Track Wild Turkey's Population

Hen turkey with brood poults.
Credit Brian Tefft / RI DEM

The Department of Environmental Management is asking Rhode Islanders to keep their eyes out for wild turkeys. The call is intended to track the health of the state’s turkey population.

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Environment
3:54 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Deepwater Wind formalizes plan to bury Narragansett Transmission Line

Deepwater Wind has formalized plans to bury a transmission line underneath the town beach parking lot in Narragansett. The wind energy developer sent a revised plan to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Environment
8:47 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Deepwater Wind in the Running for Off-Shore Wind Farm

One of several wind turbines in the state; there are currently no off-shore wind farms in America.
Credit Bradley Campbell / RIPR

The U.S. Department of Interior will auction off leases next month for the rights to build wind farms off the New England coast. One Rhode Island Company qualified to make a bid.

The auction will be for two areas in federal waters between Block Island and Martha’s Vineyard. Only nine companies made the cut to bid on leases to build wind farms on the outer continental shelf. Deepwater Wind is the lone Rhode Island business in the hunt. But its CEO, Jeff Grybowski is feeling confident about Deepwater’s chances.

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Environment
8:33 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Leader of The Rhode Island Clean Water Finance Agency Steps Down

The Rhode Island Clean Water Finance Agency will have its first new leader in the 19 years.

The Clean Water Finance Agency is essentially a loan agency. It’s a revolving fund that awards low interest loans to help municipalities improve their sewer and drinking water systems. For the last 19 years, its Executive Director has been Anthony Simeone. During his tenure, he grew the agency’s assets from $102 million to $1.3 billion dollars. But he said it’s time to go.

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Environment
3:24 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Rhode Island Weather: A Heat Wave?

If you’ve stepped outside today, you’ve most likely wanted to step back inside as the temperature in parts of Rhode Island is into the low 90’s.

The high temperatures are expected to extend through Sunday, with highs into the low 90’s and high 80’s.

Though the term “heat wave” has been thrown around, Allen Dunham, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, says there must be three consecutive days of 90 degree weather for a heat wave.

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Environment
8:28 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Advocates Protest Legislation Allowing Schools on Toxic Sites

Environmental advocates gathered at the Statehouse Wednesday to protest legislation that would roll back restrictions that prevent schools from building on toxic sites.

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Environment
8:45 am
Wed May 22, 2013

How Frequent are Tornadoes in New England?

It’s hard not to be moved by the plight of Moore, Oklahoma which was hit by a catastrophic tornado Monday.  Hundreds of buildings were flattened and at least 24 people, including nine children, were killed.

Experts say New England is less likely to be hit by a tornado than anywhere else east of the Rocky Mountains.  New England averages eight tornadoes a year, but they tend to be weak events – on the scale of EF0 or EF1.  The storm that hit Moore, Oklahoma has been categorized an EF5.

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Environment
8:25 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Brown Divestment Group to Appear Before the Corporation

Students at Brown University hope to see the school pull investments from fossil fuel companies.
Credit RIPR

A student-led protest group at Brown University will attend the Corporation’s annual meeting Thursday to answer questions about climate change.  The group wants the university to divest from fossil fuel companies.

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Environment
8:21 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Closed East Providence Recycling Facility to be Removed

A contentious recycling facility in East Providence will close.  The Department of Environmental Management will use bond money to pay the property owner to remove all construction and demolition debris from the site.

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Environment
2:42 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Portsmouth Desperately Seeking Private Wind Energy Partner

Portsmouth could dismantle its turbine and sell parts for scrap if it fails find a private partner to help with repair and operational costs.
Credit Ani Od Chai

In Portsmouth, the town council wants to see if a private firm could help fix and run its broken wind turbine.

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