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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

7300+ Rhode Islanders, 130+ small businesses call for plastic bag ban

On April 3, 2013 at the Rhode Island State House, Environment Rhode Island presented over 7300 petition signatures - and letters signed by 134 Rhode Island businesses - in a support of a plastic bag ban. The public comments were delivered just before the Senate Environment & Agriculture Committee heard testimony around a bill (S404) that would ban plastic bags statewide.

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News Release | Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center

Northeast States Can Make Huge Difference in Tackling Climate-Altering Pollution

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is a central strategy in the Northeastern states’ efforts to protect the region from global warming. Now, nine Northeastern states are considering strengthening RGGI to drive additional reductions in global warming pollution. According to a new Environment Rhode Island Research & Polcy Center report, strengthening RGGI would be a “win-win” for the Northeast, making an important contribution toward protecting the region from global warming while speeding the transition to a clean energy future.

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Report | Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center

A Double Success: Tackling Global Warming While Growing the Economy with an Improved Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is a central strategy in the Northeastern states’ efforts to protect the region from global warming. Now, nine Northeastern states are considering strengthening RGGI to drive additional reductions in global warming pollution. Strengthening RGGI would be a “win-win” for the Northeast, making an important contribution toward protecting the region from global warming while speeding the transition to a clean energy future.

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News Release | Environment Rhode Island

Sens. Reed and Whitehouse stand up for Rhode Island’s coast, global warming solutions, mercury pollution limits

The U.S. Senate voted for increased resources for our parks and full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which has protected beloved places like the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge and other beaches, coastal areas, and public lands across Rhode Island. The Senate also rejected polluter-friendly measures to block the clean-up of global warming (amendment #359) and mercury pollution (amendment #514), but voted to advance the dirty Keystone XL tar sands pipeline (amendment #494). All of these measures, offered as amendments to the Senate budget resolution, were non-binding, as was the underlying budget resolution itself. 

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News Release | Environment Rhode Island

Environment Rhode Island to Congress: Protect Rhode Island’s Beaches and Coast

On Friday, Environment Rhode Island unveiled “Rhode Island’s Coast: 10 Places Worth Protecting”, a list of ten coastal places in the state that have received support through federal conservation programs. With funding for these programs under fire––and with Congress debating the nation’s budget in D.C.––Environment Rhode Island held a news conference at Conimicut Point Park in Warwick asking Rhode Island’s Congressional Delegation to ensure Rhode Island's beaches and public lands are protected for the future.

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