Department of Environmental Management

RI News
3:34 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

DEM: Raccoon Brought Inside Home Exposed 11 People to Rabies

The state Department of Environmental Management says a baby raccoon found in Coventry has tested positive for rabies. The animal was found May 29th in a rural area. 

A family brought it into their home where it had contact with several adults and one child.  Nine Rhode Islanders and two individuals from Connecticut who had known contact with the animal are now being treated for rabies exposure.

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RI News
8:12 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Rhode Island D.E.M. Supplies Larvacide to Fight Mosquito Population

The state Department of Environmental Management will distribute mosquito larvicide to Rhode Island communities starting Tuesday.  Cities and towns use the product to kill mosquitos in catch basins, where they most commonly breed.

The state has been supplying cities and towns with mosquito larvicide ever since West Nile virus emerged 14 years ago.  They use an environmentally-friendly product that comes in a briquette, about the size of two ice cubes. Town officials put one in each storm water catch basin and it kills larvae for six months.

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Environment
8:21 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Closed East Providence Recycling Facility to be Removed

A contentious recycling facility in East Providence will close.  The Department of Environmental Management will use bond money to pay the property owner to remove all construction and demolition debris from the site.

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Environment
8:36 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Fishermen Look Ahead to Changing Climate

Steve Medeiros, President of the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association, says his organization is planning for climate change.
Credit Bradley Campbell

Recreational fishing is a multi-million dollar industry in southern New England.  But fishermen are keeping an eye on how climate change will alter their industry.

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Environment
2:28 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Groundwater at Davis Superfund Site will take decades to repair

The DEM says the settlement puts polluters on notice.

The Department of Environmental management has reached a settlement in a case over pollution at the Davis Liquid Waste Superfund Site in Smithfield. The settlement was a long time coming, and the clean-up will take even longer.

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