(PROVIDENCE, RI) A cold storage and ice manufacturing company with a facility in East Providence has been fined by the US Environmental Protection Agency. Federal officials charge that Cape Cod Ice did not have a risk management plan in place at both its East Providence and Sandwich, Massachusetts plants.
The EPA says ammonia is a significant health hazard because it is corrosive to skin, eyes and lungs.
(PROVIDENCE, RI) Rhode Island’s congressional delegation says a little more than a million dollars in federal funding is on its way to buy property in Westerly. The plan is to turn land along Canal Street into open green space.
The $1.1 million in federal funding will go toward the purchase of five residences and three pieces of non-residential property on Canal Street in Westerly’s north end. The area floods often and was severely damaged during the big flood of 2010. The plan is to demolish the homes and turn the land into wetlands.
(PROVIDENCE, RI) A bike route stretching the length of Aquidneck Island is closer to becoming a reality. A grant to create a design for an 18-mile route is currently being vetted by the Department of Environmental Management.
The trade of live coral for home aquariums is continuing to drop internationally. While the practice is in decline, a Roger Williams University professor says promoting its growth has the ability to actually help coral reefs.
wrni – Rhode Island's obesity rate is at an all-time high. Experts worry that if more isn't done to curb the rate, obesity will overtake tobacco as the leading cause of preventable disability and death. Obesity can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and respiratory problems, as well as psychological problems. The problem is being addressed at school's, workplaces, and health organizations in the state.