Johnston http://ripr.org en Heavy Rain, More Severe River Flooding In A Warmer Rhode Island http://ripr.org/post/heavy-rain-more-severe-river-flooding-warmer-rhode-island <p>Decades of development along floodplains and on wetlands in Johnston have made the town vulnerable to severe flood issues. Scientists say climate change may make these floods even worse, with more frequent and intense storms. A couple families that have long dealt with floods year after year will soon get relief, as&nbsp;federal money is available to buy out and demolish these properties in flood zones in the Pocasset River watershed.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 10:20:00 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 31430 at http://ripr.org Heavy Rain, More Severe River Flooding In A Warmer Rhode Island Composting Programs Priority For RI's Central Landfill http://ripr.org/post/composting-programs-priority-ris-central-landfill <p>With the shrinking capacity of the Central Landfill, the executive director of the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation wants recycling and composting food waste to become a priority, not just for the agency, but for the state.</p><p>Executive director Michael O’Connell said there’s no time to waste. The landfill’s gates will close in about 25 years at the current rate we’re sending trash to it. He wants people to feel a sense of urgency about the group effort it’s going to take to increase recycling and composting food waste.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:39:40 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 30929 at http://ripr.org Could Johnston Be In The Forefront Of Losing Farmland? http://ripr.org/post/could-johnston-be-forefront-losing-farmland <p>A property in Johnston is the latest target in the fight to save Rhode Island's farmland from development. It's an issue that pits the rights of property owners against concerns about preserving green space. In this case, the application to change the zoning ordinance on the farmland has come to a temporary halt, as the owner considers his options. He's in talks with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management about how to move forward. Rhode Island Public Radio’s environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza joined Elisabeth Harrison in the studio to share more details.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 10:45:00 +0000 Ambar Espinoza & Elisabeth Harrison 28832 at http://ripr.org Could Johnston Be In The Forefront Of Losing Farmland? No One Hurt in Explosion and Fire Near the Central Landfill in Johnston http://ripr.org/post/no-one-hurt-explosion-and-fire-near-central-landfill-johnston <p>The mayor of Johnston said the town was extremely lucky no one was hurt during an explosion and fire near a power plant at the Central Landfill Tuesday morning. The town has padlocked the plant for safety reasons.</p><p></p><p>The fire and explosion were reported at a generator that’s used to convert landfill gases into electricity. It’s operated by Broadrock Renewables – the same company that had a newer power station shut down last week due to concerns about odors. Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena said it appears to have been a sizeable blast.</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 12:16:07 +0000 Flo Jonic 18560 at http://ripr.org No One Hurt in Explosion and Fire Near the Central Landfill in Johnston Odor Prompts Johnston to Shut Down Energy Company at Central Landfill http://ripr.org/post/odor-prompts-johnston-shut-down-energy-company-central-landfill <p>The town of Johnston has taken the unusual step of shutting down the company charged with drawing off gases from the state’s Central Landfill.&nbsp; The reason is that persistent rotten egg smell&nbsp;that’s dogged the town for years.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 18:41:23 +0000 Flo Jonic 18131 at http://ripr.org Odor Prompts Johnston to Shut Down Energy Company at Central Landfill