Clean Water Action says the statewide ban is really a device for undoing the three existing municipal bans and prevent cities and towns from creating new ones. “It was written by the plastic packaging industry, for the plastic packaging industry."
In a recent report from the Office of Energy Resources, renewable-energy jobs, led by solar energy, has increased 66 percent in two years. In fact, Rhode Island ranks second in the country for green-energy jobs as a percentage of the workforce.
HALIFAX, Mass. — For more than a decade, blue-green algae blooms in West Monponsett Pond have often ended summer fun early and rendered the boat ramp useless. Local residents are regularly cautioned about using the pond, because of harmful health effects linked to cyanobacteria.
New England’s ocean economy supports more than 230,000 jobs. It brings in $16 billion to the region — much of it from tourism and recreation. Whale watching in New England is big business, with nearly 1 million watchers in 2008. Seabird watching is also popular. Recreational fishermen visit the closer canyons for marlin, tuna and other game fish.
PROVIDENCE — The Senate Committee on the Environment and Agriculture is scheduled to hear a bill June 28 that sets standards for the sale and handling of raw milk.
The court challenge had been filed by Invenergy, developer of the proposed Clear River Energy Center. The company was attempting to halt a lawsuit that seeks to nullify the agreement that allows it to buy water from the town of Johnston.