Environment

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A major Rhode Island water supplier is offering three-year, zero percent interest loans to homeowners who need to replace private lead service lines that run underground from the curb of their property to the water meter. 


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U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s recommendation to keep all 27 national monuments that were under federal review is drawing mixed reactions from New England environmentalists and fishermen.

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Local environmental groups are pleased with a new proposal from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to reduce the amount of carbon emissions in New England, but some think the plan should be more ambitious.


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Rhode Island’s Public Utilities Commission voted to raise the cost of energy at a public hearing Monday. 

Last month, National Grid proposed a 53 percent rate increase from 6.3 cents per kilowatt hour to 9.5 cents. 

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More than 370,000 members of a national environmental coalition have submitted comments opposing a proposal to drill for oil and gas off the East Coast.


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Some New England states are expected to have higher than normal tides Monday because of the total solar eclipse, according to a Washington-state-based tides expert. 


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Researchers at the University of Rhode Island and Harvard University will start testing drinking water in Cape Cod after Labor Day for chemicals found in nonstick pans, water-resistant furniture and apparel, and firefighting foam.

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Fishery regulators are meeting with commercial and recreational fishermen all around New England to talk about upcoming assessments of key fish stocks. 

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The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection is postponing a new plan designed to reduce water pollution caused by stormwater runoff from 260 municipalities.


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  A new type of energy-efficient construction is drawing attention in the U.S. It’s called “passive housing” -- residences built to achieve ultra-low energy use. It’s so efficient that developers can eliminate central heating systems altogether.

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National Grid wants to raise Rhode Island’s energy rates by 53 percent starting October 1. 


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Some Rhode Island and Massachusetts lobstermen say they’re frustrated that interstate regulators rejected new catch limits at a meeting Tuesday. The lobstermen say new rules are needed to stem dwindling lobster populations in New England. 

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The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources has suspended a year-old program that provided cash incentives for locals who bought electric cars. 

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After years of encouraging solar development, Vermont seems to be attracting the attention of national solar companies.


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Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corp., the state's central landfill operator, launched its "Let's Recycle RIght" campaign Monday to help reduce the amount of contaminated recycling loads.


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