A new study published by researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution found that polystyrene, one of the world’s most ubiquitous plastics, may degrade in decades or centuries when exposed to sunlight, rather than thousands of years as previously thought.
PROVIDENCE — Another polluting business is looking to open in the industrial area along Allens Avenue and neighbors are prepared to resist the project.
NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The new director of the New England office of the Environmental Protection Agency announced the latest and perhaps final phase of the cleanup of one of Rhode Island’s most polluted properties.
NEWPORT, R.I. — A sewer lined owned by Naval Station Newport failed Aug. 19, discharging 10,000 gallons of untreated sewage into Newport Harbor.
A little-known beach at a private school in Chepachet has been closed since July 18 because of unsafe levels of bacteria. Overall, however, Rhode Island beach closures are in decline this summer after two years of higher numbers.
NARRAGANSETT BAY — Save The Bay is playing a leading role in establishing baseline data on the amount of microplastics within the Narragansett Bay watershed. The goal is to highlight this growing problem and draw attention to regional efforts to eliminate single-use plastics.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has proposed to use about $90,000 of the Centredale Manor Superfund Site’s damage settlement to fund habitat improvements along the Woonasquatucket River.
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.
The American Lung Association’s 2019 “State of the Air” report found all three reporting counties in Rhode Island received failing grades for ozone pollution.
PROVIDENCE — To draw attention to a plastic waste problem, traps called trash skimmers have been installed around Narragansett Bay to collect plastic debris and other trash in the marine environment.
PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The Newport & Narragansett Bay Railroad Co. has been cited by the Coastal Resources Management Council for spraying herbicide within 200 feet of coastal features without approval.
WEST GREENWICH, R.I. — Hopkins Hill Sand & Stone has been illegally discharging waste runoff into a popular Rhode Island management area since at least 2004.
PROVIDENCE — A study of air pollution along Interstate 95 found what has long been suspected: neighborhoods close to the highway and the city’s industrial waterfront are suffering from unhealthy emissions.
MIDDLETOWN, R.I. — During periods of heavy rain, as the region experienced on Jan. 24, excess stormwater carries toxic pollutants through drinking water supplies and overflows into recreational coastal waters.