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Environment
10:26 am
Sun February 3, 2013

All you need to know about the Shellfish Management Plan

Scallop shells - Photo via Flickr Creative Commons

The state is creating its first ever statewide Shellfish Management Plan. It's seeking advice on the plan from people involved in aquaculture, fishing and restoration. But why does the state think such a plan is critical for the species to thrive?

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Environment
4:32 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Plastic bag ban could affect food safety

As Bristol becomes the latest Rhode Island town to consider banning plastic bags, experts say the benefits of a ban could extend to the food we eat.

Associate Professor of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, Rainer Lohmann, says toxins clinging to plastic trash can make their way up the food chain, polluting our seafood. He says banning plastic bags is a good first step for cleaning up plastic pollution.

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Environment
2:17 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Bristol proposes plastic bag ban

Following in Barrington’s footsteps, Bristol’s Town Council will review a proposal to ban single-use plastic bags from the town’s businesses in a meeting scheduled for February 20th. Council Member Timothy Sweeney initially proposed the ban on January 23rd. He says the response thus far from Bristol citizens seems positive, as the ban would reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in the Bay.

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Environment
10:08 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Navy considering using wind power

Wind turbines at the Port of Providence
Credit Catherine Welch

The Naval Station is looking at the possibility of erecting 12 wind turbines on its properties on Aquidneck Island. The Naval Station’s spokeswoman Lisa Rama, says the goal is for the turbines to produce enough electricity to power the base.

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Environment
12:00 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Rep. Ucci knows better things can be done with recycled glass

Legislators will be working this session to correct an added amendment to a bill that caused all the glass recycling to be buried in the landfill. RIPR caught up with the lawmaker whose legislation needs fixing.

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Environment
5:06 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Deepwater Wind asks CRMC to waive application fee

Wind Turbine - RIPR File Photo

Deepwater Wind has asked the Coastal Resources Management Council to waive an application fee for the proposed Block Island Wind Farm.  The application fee is steep.... $700,000.

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Environment
10:34 am
Sun January 27, 2013

Could a bottle bill save glass from ending up in the landfill?

Glass bottles - Photo via flickr Creative Commons

Right now, all the glass you put in your recycling bins ends up being treated like trash. It's due to a bill passed last year at the statehouse. Since its inception, around 13,000 tons of glass has been buried in the landfill. But the Rhode Island State Director of Clean Water Action, Jamie Rhodes, thinks there's a law that could correct this problem. It's called a “bottle bill” and he joins us in studio to tell us just what it is.

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Environment
8:12 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Movie looks at wind turbine controversy

A documentary looking at the Cape Wind offshore wind energy project opens Friday at the Cable Car Cinema in Providence. The movie "Cape Spin" focuses on the battle to construct 130 wind turbines in Nantucket Sound. A visiting professor at the Brown Center Environmental Studies, Dawn King, says the movie focuses on the fight between wind supporters and those who really don’t want turbines in their backyard.

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Environment
11:33 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Protecting RI shellfish

Shellfish restoration is the topic at a meeting Thursday at the University of Rhode Island. The state wants input on how best to protect shellfish in coastal ponds and Narragansett Bay.
The Director of the US Coastal Program at URI’s Coastal Resource Center, Jen McCann, says the state has so far heard about two main concerns…
“What is the regulatory process to move forward with restoration? And also, where are the appropriate sites to do restoration in the bay and also the salt ponds so within state waters.”

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Environment
1:30 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Shellfish Management Plan hears from the fishing industry

As work continues on the state’s new Shellfish Management Plan … commercial fishermen now get a chance to chime in on the plan.

The University of Rhode Island estimates that commercial shellfishing in the Ocean State pumps more than $3 million annually into the local economy. That’s why the state is keen on creating a new management plan that protects and promotes the industry. URI’s Fisheries and Aquaculture extension specialist, Azure Cygler, says creators of the plan want to know the most pressing issues impacting the industry.

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