environmental protection agency http://ripr.org en Poor Air Quality Days In Rhode Island To Dwindle In The Future http://ripr.org/post/poor-air-quality-days-rhode-island-dwindle-future <p>Every Rhode Island county with an air quality monitoring device had slightly more smoggy days this year compared to last year, according to <a href="http://www.stateoftheair.org/2014/states/rhode-island/">a report</a> issued this year by the American Lung Association. The state will likely see those smoggy days dwindle in the future.</p><p></p> Thu, 01 May 2014 11:35:12 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 32908 at http://ripr.org RI Joins States Seeking Protection From Polluters http://ripr.org/post/ri-joins-states-seeking-protection-polluters <p>Rhode Island is one of eight states that are petitioning the Environmental Protection Agency for protection from out-of-state polluters.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The multi-state action is directed at Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.&nbsp;</p><p>The petition cites decades of inaction by these so-called ‘upwind’ states and asks the EPA to require them to join a compact of states committed to reducing pollution.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 15:38:57 +0000 Flo Jonic 26036 at http://ripr.org RI Joins States Seeking Protection From Polluters Advocates Gearing Up For Another Try at Plastic Bag Ban http://ripr.org/post/advocates-gearing-another-try-plastic-bag-ban <p>Backers of a plastic bag ban have been busy collecting petition signatures this summer.&nbsp; Environment Rhode Island says it has amassed ten thousand signatures urging the General Assembly to take up the issue once again.&nbsp;</p><p>Rhode Island would have become the first state in the country to ban plastic grocery bags under a bill that died in the last legislative session.&nbsp;&nbsp; Channing Jones of Environment Rhode Island says they are not deterred by their out-of-the-gate loss.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 12:35:38 +0000 Flo Jonic 21717 at http://ripr.org New Headquarters for WaterFire Providence in old Rubber Plant http://ripr.org/post/new-headquarters-waterfire-providence-old-rubber-plant <p>Gov. Lincoln Chafee, and Rhode Island’s entire congressional delegation was on hand to celebrate the unveiling of the new headquarters for Providence Water Fire.</p><p>The old Uniroyal Rubber Plant building on Valley Street near Eagle Square is getting a second life after being shut down and sitting unused.&nbsp;</p><p>The arts non-profit WaterFire Providence will be moving in thanks to 800-thousand dollars in federal grants secured from the Environmental Protection Agency.</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 18:44:41 +0000 John Bender 18828 at http://ripr.org New Headquarters for WaterFire Providence in old Rubber Plant Newport Drinking Water Exceeds Safety Standard http://ripr.org/post/newport-drinking-water-exceeds-safety-standard <p>Newport residents received notice this week that levels of some cancer-causing chemicals in their water have exceeded what’s allowed by the federal government. It’s no emergency, but the city is upgrading its treatment facilities to prevent possible long term health effects<strong>.</strong></p> Thu, 09 May 2013 18:20:31 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 14952 at http://ripr.org Newport Drinking Water Exceeds Safety Standard