The state doesn’t know how much pesticide is applied to public property annually. There’s also a considerable amount of chemicals applied to private property every year. That's a lot of unaccounted-for poison. (ecoRI News)

The state doesn’t know how much pesticide is applied to public property annually. There’s also a considerable amount of chemicals applied to private property every year. That's a lot of unaccounted-for poison. (ecoRI News)

Since 2011 the Rhode Island Department of Transportation has applied nearly 44,000 gallons of herbicide to public lands across the state. ecoRI News takes an in-depth look at what's being sprayed and where.

Opponents Scream Enough Already

Opponents of the proposed Clear River Energy Center dominated hearings Dec. 5 and 6. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

Opponents of the proposed Clear River Energy Center dominated hearings Dec. 5 and 6. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

Two straight days of public hearings heaped criticism on the proposed Clear River Energy Center. Much of the hostility came from a lack of information about water agreements and the promised benefits of what stands to be Rhode Island's largest fossil-fuel power plant.


Invenergy Wants Ratepayers to Fund Project's Grid Connection

In a lawsuit, the Chicago-based energy company is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to exempt it from paying up to $164 million to fund the interconnection of the proposed Clear River Energy Center.


What, Exactly, is Historic Preservation, Anyway? It Depends

PROVIDENCE — It had all seemed pretty straightforward: the city liked its old buildings, so it had done its best to keep them standing and in good repair.

Invenergy's legal team could see its project suspended by Rhode Island's siting board. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

Invenergy's legal team could see its project suspended by Rhode Island's siting board. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

Cape Wind may be gone, but it’s still fresh on the minds of energy developers and scientists. (Cape Wind)

Cape Wind may be gone, but it’s still fresh on the minds of energy developers and scientists. (Cape Wind)

The winter flounder population in Narragansett Bay has declined by about 90 percent since 1980. (NOAA)

The winter flounder population in Narragansett Bay has declined by about 90 percent since 1980. (NOAA)


New URI Program Takes Aim at Growing Chemical Threat

PROVIDENCE — Alphabet soup of industrial compounds linked to cancer have been accumulating in human tissue for five decades.


Spilled Oil Continues to Pollute New Bedford Harbor

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Oil sheens have long stained one of the country’s most historic harbors. Visits by tourists to enjoy seaside sights can be marred by these distinct marine markings.