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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.

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Bristol Considering Plastic Bag Ban

In early January, Barrington implemented a new town ordinance to ban plastic bags from stores and restaurants, and now town council members in Bristol are proposing a similar action.

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Stable Funding to Protect Rhode Island's Beaches

Rhode Island’s beaches and public lands are protected and conserved in part through federal funds, and this support is at risk. But the new year––and a new Congress––could bring new promise that these beaches and public lands will be protected for generations to come.

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Bristol Next to Consider Plastic Bag Ban

The movement to ban plastic bags is gaining momentum in Rhode Island. Barrington became the first municipality to outlaw plastic bags, and now Bristol is taking a serious look at the idea.

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Sen. Whitehouse launches climate change task force

Following President Obama's pledge to address global warming during his inaugural address, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Representative Henry Waxman launched a Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change that will provide a Congressional forum for discussions of solutions to global warming.

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