Environment

Environment
10:38 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Senator Whitehouse Praising U.S./China Climate Change Agreement

Sheldon Whitehouse on the Senate floor.

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse says the new climate change deal between the U.S. and China is good news for Rhode Island.  

The U.S. is committing to reducing carbon emissions 28 percent by 2025.

Whitehouse sais though Rhode Island is not a major carbon polluting state, it’s already feeling the effects of climate change. “Particularly with rising sea levels, Narragansett Bay is 3 to 4 degrees warmer, the winter flounder catch has virtually collapsed,” said Whitehouse.

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Environment
7:50 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Residents Suing Westerly Quarry Request New Investigation

Neighbors of Armetta, LLC, a quarry formerly known as Copar Quarries, say this aerial photo taken from a private plane depicts a plume of stone dust coming from the quarry shortly after a blast.
Photo Courtesy of Steve Dubois

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency reported Copar Quarries in Westerly has paid $80,000 in penalties for violating federal clean air standards. According to EPA officials, the quarry is now in compliance. Not so, say neighbors who live near the quarry. Their lawyer is calling for a new investigation into dust and other concerns associated with the operation.

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Environment
8:00 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Rhode Island College Project To Address Honeybee Population Decline

Rhode Island College recently opened an outdoor Bee Education Center, which will serve as a hub for programming to promote the honeybee’s crucial role in crop production and solutions to the alarming decline of the U.S. honeybee population.
Credit Courtesy of Rhode Island College

Rhode Island College is on a mission to improve the state’s declining honeybee population. Honeybees are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat. They pollinate nuts, fruits, and vegetables. The honeybee population has declined dramatically nationwide by more than 50 percent over the last 75 years.

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Environment
4:30 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Westerly Quarry Agrees To Settle EPA Claims

A quarry in Westerly has agreed to settle claims by the Environmental Protection Agency that it violated federal clean air standards. 

The EPA cited Copar Quarries, LLC, last year for failing to do three things: to notify the EPA that it started up business in 2011, to conduct the required emissions testing, and to keep proper inspection log books.

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Environment
3:04 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Where To Recycle Light Bulbs With Mercury

Credit Kevin Rector / Creative Commons via Wikipedia

Wondering what to do with burnt-out light bulbs that contain mercury? Thirteen hardware stores across the state are now collection sites for recycling compact fluorescent light bulbs and linear bulbs up to 4 feet long. Mercury is a neurotoxin. It can affect memory, cognitive thinking, and fine motor skills. The most common exposure to mercury is through eating contaminated fish.

    

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Environment
8:00 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Westerly Homeowners' Complaints Against Neighboring Quarry Protected

Neighbors of a quarry in Westerly say the quarry was never quarried in its past as intensely as the current operators are quarrying it today.
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A Superior Court judge recently ruled homeowners in Westerly seeking remedy for alleged nuisance from a neighboring quarry operation have the right to do so.

When two families filed a lawsuit against the quarry owner, Westerly Granite Inc., the quarry operators, Armetta LLC, formerly known as Copar Quarries, LLC, and the subconstractor Maine Drilling and Blasting, Westerly Granite responded with a counter complaint.

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Environment
12:25 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

The Highest Point For State Land Acquisition

Jerimoth Hill is known for being one of the most difficult high points to climb in the nation, not because of its elevation, but because an abutting neighbor closed off its access point.
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Jerimoth Hill, Rhode Island’s highest point at 812 feet, is officially open to the public. Brown University owned this parcel of land in Foster and handed over the land deed to the state at a ceremony this morning.

State and Brown University officials huddled with their rain jackets and umbrellas near the entrance of Jerimoth Hill along route 101 in Foster. After they watched Gov. Lincoln Chafee raise the Rhode Island flag on a flagpole, they made their way to the highest point on the property, which isn’t that much higher than the road at the entrance. 

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Environment
6:00 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Shellfish Closure Extended For An Area In Upper Narragansett Bay

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The Department of Environmental Management has extended an existing shellfish closure in an area of Upper Narragansett Bay known as Conditional Area A and the Conimicut Triangle.

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OSM: Narragansett Bay
5:50 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

One Square Mile: An Audio Postcard From Hope Island

Hope Island is a refuge to many nesting colonial wading birds, including great egrets, snowy egrets, and black-crowned night herons. Other nesting birds include, double-crested cormorants, and different gulls. Pictured here are American oystercatchers.
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Narragansett Bay is home to more than 30 islands. Some are bustling with people; others with birds. Rhode Island Public Radio’s summer intern Molly Malinowski set out to explore some of the lesser known islands in the bay and went on a boat tour with the Narragansett Bay Research Reserve. As part of our One Square Mile: Narragansett Bay series, she filed this audio postcard about Hope Island.

An old dock and a small concrete fort greet us, as the boat approaches Hope Island. In the distance, some wooden telephone posts peek out from the overgrown trees. 

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OSM: Narragansett Bay
9:30 am
Wed October 8, 2014

One Square Mile: An Audio Postcard From Dyer Island

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More than 30 islands dot Narragansett Bay. They range in size from as big as Aquidneck Island to as small as Whale Rock, a flat rock ledge about half an acre in size. Few have remained undeveloped, giving birds and other plant and animal species a protected space to be. As part of our One Square Mile: Narragansett Bay series, our summer intern Molly Malinowski took a boat tour with the Narragansett Bay Research Reserve and filed this audio postcard about Dyer Island.

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