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Environmentalists and green energy companies in Rhode Island are at odds over a bill that could advance the development of biomass power plants in the state. 


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A research team that includes professors from the University of Rhode Island is looking for volunteers on Cape Cod to have their drinking water tested. The team will be looking for man-made chemicals called PFAS in private wells.

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Rhode Island's air quality is slightly improving but still needs work, according to a new report from the American Lung Association. 


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Rhode Island’s attorney general is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for delaying enforcement of an air quality regulation aimed at reducing methane emissions from landfills. 

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Lawmakers and environmentalists are disappointed in and concerned about the federal Environmental Protection Agency's decision to stop three agency scientists from talking about their research on climate change. 

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EPA head Scott Pruitt wants to dismantle the policy known as the Clean Power Plan, adopted in 2015 to help reduce greenhouse gases. 

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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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Local environmental experts believe President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for the Environmental Protection Agency could have devastating effects on the Ocean State.


Sen. Whitehouse Slams Trump's EPA Pick

Dec 7, 2016
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President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Co-Chair of the U.S. Senate Climate Action Task Force  Senator Sheldon Whitehouse says he’s disheartened by the choice. He says Pruitt denies the reality of climate change. And the attorney general was among those who sued the EPA over its Clean Power Plan to mitigate climate change.

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Scientists at the Narragansett Bay Commission are getting a new building at the Field’s Point campus. That’s where the wastewater agency will house labs with the latest technology.

Rhode Island has received $1 million dollars from the Environmental Protection Agency to help clean up local brownfields; areas contaminated by toxic substances.  The money will go toward cleaning up areas in Pawtucket, Central Falls and Providence.  

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The head of the Environmental Protection Agency’s New England region is in Rhode Island Wednesday. Curt Spalding will survey parts of the state, to see which are at risk to storms and increased sea level rise.

For two days, the EPA’s Curt Spalding will tour areas in Westerly, South Kingstown, North Kingstown and Warwick. The idea behind the tour is twofold: to examine at-risk areas, and share ideas and existing tools for how to plan for rising seas and more violent storms.

Every Rhode Island county with an air quality monitoring device had slightly more smoggy days this year compared to last year, according to a report issued this year by the American Lung Association. The state will likely see those smoggy days dwindle in the future.

Rhode Island is one of eight states that are petitioning the Environmental Protection Agency for protection from out-of-state polluters.

The multi-state action is directed at Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. 

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.

Backers of a plastic bag ban have been busy collecting petition signatures this summer.  Environment Rhode Island says it has amassed ten thousand signatures urging the General Assembly to take up the issue once again. 

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.   Channing Jones of Environment Rhode Island says they are not deterred by their out-of-the-gate loss.

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