For the past two years pungent sulfur and asphalt odors from Sprague’s terminal has prompted complaints from nearby residents and motorists on Interstate 95. (Sprague Operating Resources LLC)

For the past two years pungent sulfur and asphalt odors from Sprague’s terminal has prompted complaints from nearby residents and motorists on Interstate 95. (Sprague Operating Resources LLC)

PROVIDENCE — A petroleum-storage business on Allens Avenue with a recent history of odor complaints has been ordered by the state to cease a portion of it operations for failing to fix a problem.



Rhode Island residents Cindy Bogart, left, and Mary Gervais recently launched a website to help people connect to past practices and materials. (Maaike Bernstrom)

Rhode Island residents Cindy Bogart, left, and Mary Gervais recently launched a website to help people connect to past practices and materials. (Maaike Bernstrom)

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Cindy Bogart and Mary Gervais have launched a plan to “reuse the past.” It’s their motto, both professionally and personally.


Scary Lies Haunt Rhode Island Statehouse for the Money

The only lobbyist testifying against both climate bills told some uninteresting scary stories. The lies are interesting if we are dissecting scary stories, but they are exactly the same stories lobbyists for industries that harm public health have been telling for years. Opinion

Electric and autonomous vehicles, along with low-carbon electric buses, are the new mobility entrants to join the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority  fleet. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

Electric and autonomous vehicles, along with low-carbon electric buses, are the new mobility entrants to join the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority fleet. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

There is just one population of eastern spadefoot toads left in Rhode Island. (Nancy Karraker)

There is just one population of eastern spadefoot toads left in Rhode Island. (Nancy Karraker)

Dogfish is one of more than 100 species swimming in the region’s salty waters. But finding most of them at a local market or on a restaurant menu is a challenge. (istock)

Dogfish is one of more than 100 species swimming in the region’s salty waters. But finding most of them at a local market or on a restaurant menu is a challenge. (istock)


Invenergy Struggles with Pollution at Penn. Facility

The fossil-fuel power plant proposed for Burrillville, R.I., received a boost with pre-approval of a key air-pollution permit, but the developer has had pollution problems at a natural-gas facility it opened last year in Pennsylvania.


Stitched-Handle Rule Divides R.I. Bag Ban Supporters

Both Shaw’s and CVS recently said they strive to reduce plastic waste but won’t commit to banning the non-stitched-handle plastic bags, unless required to by state or local law.