Rhode Island was the only state in southern New England to see its emissions increase in 2015. Pollution went up primarily because the Ocean State Power facility in Burrilliville used oil fuel that year, according to state and federal records.
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — WHOI biologists Mark Hahn and Sibel Karchner have been studying PCB-resistant killifish in New Bedford Harbor since 1995, as part of an Environmental Protection Agency Superfund Research Program.
A settlement estimated to be worth more than $40 million was recently by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Protection. The settlement ensures that the cleanup of the Peterson/Puritan Inc. Superfund site in Cumberland and Lincoln, R.I. will move forward.
Nearly 3,300 Volkswagen and Audi vehicle owners in Rhode Island will receive between $5,100 and $10,000 in restitution based on the make of the car.
Most scientists agree that the water quality in Narragansett Bay and the waters that flow into it is quite good and getting better. But that’s not true by every measure. In fact, a URI oceanographer found that a New Jersey river designated a Superfund site is actually much cleaner than some water bodies in Rhode Island when it comes to a recently banned group of pollutants called perfluorinated compounds.
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — Mike Pellini doesn’t get down to the seaside home his grandfather built in 1940 as much as the Massachusetts resident would like. When he does, however, he’s increasingly spending his time removing graffiti from coastal rocks and cleaning up after others.
WARWICK, R.I. — On Aug. 19, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management issued an advisement warning the public to avoid contact with Warwick Pond because of probable blue-green algae. Cyanobacteria blooms can release toxins that can make both humans and animals sick.
PROVIDENCE — A judge is taking another step in the ineffective, multiyear effort to crack down on a scrap-metal yard that has been polluting the industrial waterfront and the Providence River since 2009.
WESTERLY, R.I. — A Pawcatuck, Conn.-based company running a local stone-crushing and gravel-processing facility has taken steps to help minimize emissions of hazardous air pollutants and visually test for dust under an agreement signed recently with the Environmental Protection Agency.
WESTPORT, Mass. — Steady population growth and increased development, particularly during the past several decades in southeastern Massachusetts, has created an overabundance of nitrogen in the harbors, bays and estuaries of Buzzards Bay.
WARWICK, R.I. — The city might be home to some of Rhode Island’s most coveted coastline, ponds and lakes, but that doesn’t mean residents get to enjoy them. Local officials and residents gathered recently at City Hall to discuss options for dealing with the pollution problems impacting the community’s water resources.
The Conservation Law Foundation, with co-plaintiff the Charles River Watershed Association, is suing the Environmental Protection Agency for its failure to enforce stormwater pollution standards in the Charles River watershed. The CLF also is moving forward with a similar suit over several water bodies in Rhode Island that it claims have been neglected by the EPA.
TOLLAND, Conn. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is investing $25 million to help targeted agricultural producers improve water quality in high-priority streams and rivers across the country, including two in Connecticut.