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.
The Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded a $203,500 grant to the Rhode Island Department of Health for its coastal beach monitoring program.
The use of solder for drinking-water pipes that contain more than 0.2 percent lead was banned three decades ago, but there is no law that requires these pipes to be replaced.
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — The University of Rhode Island recently received an $8 million federal grant to research how industrial compounds get into water supplies and harm humans.
BRISTOL, R.I. — Roger Williams University’s Marcia Marston and Koty Sharp are joining a research team from four universities to probe how viruses impact microbes critical for oxygen production and growing food.
BOSTON — The Environmental Protection Agency recently gave a grade of B for water quality last year in the Charles River. This is a slight reduction from the B+ grade awarded for water quality in the river in 2015.
There’s an estimated 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the world’s oceans. Some 8 million tons of plastic enter the sea annually. How much is floating in local marine waters remains a mystery.
The Rhode Island Department of Health and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management recently advised people to avoid contact with St. Mary’s Pond in Portsmouth because of blue-green algae.
NEWPORT, R.I. — About 50 cyclists and volunteers gathered recently under cloudy skies at Brenton Point State Park to celebrate the inaugural Elliot’s Ride for Safety and Wellness.