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Environment
6:56 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Beavers Gnawing on Trees at Diamond Hill Park

Beaver damage at Diamond Hill Park
Credit Michelle Plant

In Cumberland, a colony of beavers is bringing down trees at Diamond Hill Park. The town is busy deciding how to stop the animals.

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Environment
9:34 am
Sun April 14, 2013

The Copar Quarry Saga Explained

Westerly Sun Staff Writer Dale Faulkner

Copar Quarry in Westerly has been the focus of controversy and complaints for more than a year. Some residents say the quarry is a threat to their health. The Westerly Sun reports the quarry has been the focus of two cease and desist orders, two appeals, and even two lawsuits. To make sense of it all RIPR sat down with the Westerly Sun's Dale Faulkner. He's been covering the story every step of the way.

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Environment
5:04 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Sen. Reed's Bill Puts RI on Fishery Board Managing Squid

Credit Senator Jack Reed's Office

Senator Jack Reed is trying to get Rhode Island a seat on the management board that oversees squid and other species caught by Rhode Island fishermen.

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Environment
8:36 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Fishermen Look Ahead to Changing Climate

Steve Medeiros, President of the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association, says his organization is planning for climate change.
Credit Bradley Campbell

Recreational fishing is a multi-million dollar industry in southern New England.  But fishermen are keeping an eye on how climate change will alter their industry.

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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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