Environment

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President Donald Trump’s executive orders on energy could have big impacts on states producing fossil fuels. But the order could still affect the Ocean State’s goals to reduce greenhouse gases.

Rhode Island has set the ambitious goal to reduce carbon emissions in the state 45 percent below the state’s emissions levels of 1990. Rhode Island will likely maintain that goal no matter what comes out of the White House.

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The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management lifted its emergency shellfish closures Friday. The DEM reports parts of the Rhode Island Sound, lower Narragansett Bay, and lower Sakonnet River are no longer testing for high levels of domoic acid- a toxin harmful to humans.

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The gas-fired power plant that Invenergy wants to build in Burrillville faces more legal hurdles this week.

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Those early hints of spring can call to a gardener like a siren song. Yet the urge to get one’s seeds into dirt can be dangerous: most seedlings won’t survive a single frost. To help with that, gardeners use 30-year averages that predict when the last frost will probably occur. The thing is, in New England, climate change has temperatures rising relatively quickly.

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The University of Rhode Island’s Watershed Watch is asking for volunteers to help monitor local waterways.  The citizen scientists are trained and provided the equipment to gather data on over 200 lakes, streams, and coastal waterways.

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Last Thursday, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management met with Exeter and Richmond town residents to discuss a proposed DEM visitors center near Browning Mill Pond.  The center will sit on land in the Arcadia Management Area, a protected swath of 14,000 acres in western Rhode Island. The project faces opposition from residents of both towns.

Newport City Council Bans Plastic Bags

Mar 9, 2017
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In a unanimous vote Wednesday, the Newport City Council passed an ordinance that prohibits businesses from using or selling single-use plastic bags.

Providence Sewer System Scheduled For An Upgrade

Mar 7, 2017
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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza signed an agreement with the state’s Department of Environmental Management Tuesday to improve the city’s stormwater infrastructure.

DEM Hosting Free Events During Feb. Vacation

Feb 20, 2017
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Students across the state have the week off, and the state’s Department of Environmental Management is promoting healthy living through a series of free events.

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U.S. Sen. Jack Reed announced he will vote against Scott Pruitt for head of the Environmental Protection Agency. The announcement comes as the Senate is scheduled to vote on Pruitt's nomination Friday.

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In the latest Invenergy news, motions to dismiss the company’s Burrillville power plant application were denied by the Energy Facility Siting Board Thursday. The Town of Burrillville and the Conservation Law Foundation filed the motions when the question of who would provide Invenergy with a water supply was still up in the air.

Sen. Reed To Vote ‘No’ On EPA Nominee

Feb 7, 2017
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After an environmental roundtable at Save the Bay Monday morning, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed announced he is opposing the confirmation of Environmental Protection Agency nominee Scott Pruitt.

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In recent years, Rhode Islanders have spotted wild visitors not typically found in the Ocean State: Arctic beluga whales in Narragansett Bay and even snowy owls. It turns out the Central Landfill in Johnston is another draw for wildlife.

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U.S. Sen. Jack Reed is set to host an environmental roundtable at the Save the Bay Center in Providence Monday. The forum ahead of an expected Senate vote for Scott Pruitt, President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

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The Long Island Power Authority voted to approve the nation’s largest offshore wind farm, 30 miles southeast of Montauk Point.

The project is part of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to get 50 percent of the state’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

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