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Environment
5:18 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Volvo Ocean Race: A Platform To Highlight Growing Problem Of Ocean Trash

University of Rhode Island's Dennis Nixon, Rhode Island Sea Grant director, and Gov. Gina Raimondo at the ocean debris summit during the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Newport.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

Sailors competing in the Volvo Ocean Race are attesting to the growing amount of trash found in the ocean. They’ve reported plastic debris getting stuck on their rudders and keels, slowing down their boats. That was the catalyst for a summit focused on ocean debris during the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Newport.

Sailor Dee Caffari, with Team SCA, has been sailing for 10 years, but she notes the trash has been most prominent along the new routes in this race around the world. What’s most heartbreaking, Caffari said, is witnessing the negative impact trash has on marine creatures.

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Environment
8:58 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Providence and South Counties Receive An 'F' For Air Quality

The American Lung Association has given RI an 'F' for air quality.
Credit thisisbossi / flickr

Hot days last summer triggered high levels of smog pollution across the state, especially in Providence. 

The city earned an F in this year’s State of the Air report, issued by the American Lung Association. Karina Holyoak Wood is the organization’s public policy director in Rhode Island. She said tens of thousands of Rhode Islanders have chronic lung problems, including asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema.

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Environment
6:00 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

The State And Providence Scrap Metal Recycler Reach An Agreement

The view of Providence, from the industrial working on Allens Avenue, where Rhode Island Recycled Metals is located.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

The state of Rhode Island and a scrap metal recycler have reached an agreement through a court order to address pollution on the Providence waterfront. The state recently sued Rhode Island Recycled Metals for failing to comply with environmental rules. 

  David Chopy, chief of the Department of Environmental Management’s Office of Compliance and Inspection, said the state is concerned that the company doesn’t have enough money to do the required cleanup.

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Environment
1:58 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

State Suing Rhode Island Recycled Metals For Alleged Pollution Of Narragansett Bay

The view of Providence, from the industrial working on Allens Avenue, where Rhode Island Recycled Metals is located.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

The state is suing a scrap metal yard on the Providence waterfront, at the upper Narragansett Bay, for alleged environmental violations.  This is not the first time the company has come under fire.

Back in 2012, the Department of Environmental Management, notified Rhode Island Recycled Metals, it was violating numerous rules on water pollution.  The state worked with the company on a plan to solve the issues.  But more than 2 years later, the DEM says the company still hasn’t cleaned up. DEM director Janet Coit says she’s taking them to court.

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The Pulse
1:51 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Breathe Easier, Rhode Island

Asthma inhaler
Credit Wikimedia Commons

For your lungs, some good news and some let's-hope-it's-better-this-time news. 

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