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Victory for Newport's harbor and beaches.

Newport’s harbor and beaches are on the road to recovery after years of illegal pollution from Middletown and Newport. In 2007 our staff joined local citizens to file a Clean Water Act citizens’ suit against the towns to stop their pollution. In 2010 and 2011, we won strong settlements requiring the towns to clean up their act.

News Release | Environment Rhode Island

Rhode Island Leads Atlantic Coast States in Drive to Tap Offshore Wind Energy

Rhode Island is currently leading Atlantic States in the movement to utilize and benefit from offshore wind farms.

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Report | Environment Rhode Island

Catching the Wind: State Actions Needed to Seize the Opportunities of Atlantic Offshore Wind Power

The Atlantic coastline is at the epicenter of America’s energy and environmental challenges, with state leaders currently facing critical decisions to meet the region’s growing energy demands and protect our communities and wildlife from the impacts of climate change. The cities, metropolitan areas, and sprawling suburbs that stretch along the East Coast have a massive, pollution-free energy source ready to meet these challenges –– offshore wind.

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News Release | Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center

Rhode Island waterways receive top rank with least toxic dumping of any state

Rhode Island ranks best nationwide with the least amount of toxic industrial pollution dumped into the state’s waterways, according to a new report by Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center. Industrial facilities dumped just over 600 pounds of toxic chemicals into Rhode Island’s waterways in 2012, compared to nearly 18 million pounds in the worst-ranking state, Indiana. The report comes as the Environmental Protection Agency considers a new rule to restore Clean Water Act protections to thousands of waterways in Rhode Island and across the nation.

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Report | Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center

Wasting Our Waterways

Rhode Island ranks best nationwide with the least amount of toxic industrial pollution dumped into the state’s waterways, according to a new report by Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center. Industrial facilities dumped just over 600 pounds of toxic chemicals into Rhode Island’s waterways in 2012, compared to nearly 18 million pounds in the worst-ranking state, Indiana. The report comes as the Environmental Protection Agency considers a new rule to restore Clean Water Act protections to thousands of waterways in Rhode Island and across the nation.

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News Release | Environment Rhode Island

On the verge of a big win for Rhode Island solar

The Rhode Island House and Senate both voted to pass companion bills to extend and expand Rhode Island's cornerstone renewable energy program. The DG (distributed generation) program allows renewable energy projects to be built in Rhode Island and connected to the grid; the bills passed today would add a new 160 megawatts in coming years to the program's current 40 megawatts. The legislation is expected to be conveyed to Governor Chafee shortly for his signature.

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