The use of lead solder for drinking-water pipes was banned three decades ago, but there is no law that requires these pipes to be replaced. Providence, like many other southern New England cities, has old housing stock with plenty of lead plumbing. It’s a serious problem.
Landfill gas accounts for 45 percent of Rhode Island's renewable energy. Biomass is second at 34 percent, followed by hydropower at 8.6 percent, wind at 7.7 percent and solar at 3.7 percent.
NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — Eight states, including Massachusetts and Connecticut, and the District of Columbia are considering carbon-tax programs. A statewide fee in Rhode Island, however, is opposed by business advocacy groups such as affiliates of the Chamber of Commerce.
Hundreds of great shearwaters have turned up dead on beaches on Long Island and southern New England this summer, and no one seems to know why. In addition to the birds on Block Island, birders and biologists have reported dead shearwaters on Rhode Island beaches in Tiverton and Charlestown.
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — Nonstick cookware and firefighting foam share one disquieting characteristic in common: Both products are made with chemicals that could be contaminating drinking water.
PROVIDENCE — General Assembly members, a City Council member and six environmental groups signed off on a letter opposing National Grid’s proposed natural-gas project.