A recently released report reveals that major retail companies are making slow but meaningful progress at improving the chemical safety of the products, food, and packaging they sell.
Rhode Island’s 19 major wastewater treatment facilities treat 120 million gallons of waste daily.
WARWICK, R.I. — Last Sunday evening, when a concrete sewer line collapsed and unleashed an estimated 300,000 gallons of untreated sewage, two homes on Armory Drive and another on Trent Avenue were among the first places to smell the problem.
PROVIDENCE — The most recent Providence Water test found elevated levels of lead in drinking water in some homes and buildings.
BURRILLVILLE, R.I. — The differences in the siting of Ocean State Power and the Clear River Energy Center show how much Rhode Island’s environmental concerns have waned.
PAWTUCKET, R.I. — A catalyst for the birth of the Industrial Revolution, the Blackstone River, an American Heritage River, has served for 25 years as a catalyst to spur tourism, thanks to the many voyages of the Explorer.
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — The state departments of environmental management and health are advising the public that clinging jellyfish, a species that can have a powerful sting for those who are sensitive to it, have been found in Point Judith Pond.
PROVIDENCE — Providence Water recently launched a program, “Lead Free is the way to be,” designed to help Rhode Island homeowners who have private-side lead service lines replace those lines.
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — The recently launched website provides detailed information about a group of industrial compounds called perfluoroalkyl substances and polyfluoroalkyl substances, together called PFASs.
During the past seven years the Rhode Island Department of Transportation has applied at least 43,959 gallons of herbicide, diluted by water at various ratios, to public lands across the state.
PROVIDENCE — Perfluorinated compounds have long been used in the production of Teflon and other non-stick coatings, and to waterproof clothing. These industrial chemicals also have been linked to cancer.
The Mind the Store campaign recently released its second report card on toxic chemicals in consumer products, which found that two-thirds of 30 major U.S. retailers remain serious laggards.
PROVIDENCE — Progress is steadily being made — for instance, Providence Water has met the standard four out of the past five semesters — but maintaining water quality is a complicated business.
Vehicle idling has been understood to be a pollutant for generations.