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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

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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Environment Rhode Island announces policy priorities for 2013

With Rhode Island’s legislative session underway, Environment Rhode Island announced its 2013 legislative agenda.

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Sens. Reed and Whitehouse Join Bipartisan Leaders in Congress to Jumpstart Offshore Wind

Rhode Island’s U.S. Senators Reed and Whitehouse joined U.S. Senators Tom Carper (D-Del) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) and U.S. Representatives Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) and Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.) today to introduce bills in the U.S. Senate and House to incentivize offshore wind development. The bills would provide an Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for offshore wind power worth up to 30 percent of the cost of the project for the first 3,000 megawatts of offshore wind projects in the United States.

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Bill introduced to ban plastic bags in Rhode Island

A bill to ban plastic checkout bags statewide was introduced in the Rhode Island House of Representatives. The bill prohibits the distribution of disposable plastic shopping bags at the point of sale by Rhode Island retailers, effective January 2014 for large retailers and January 2015 for small businesses.

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Rhode Island Joins Northeast States' Plan for Deeper Cuts in Power Plant Pollution

Rhode Island officials joined the announcement of improvements to a regional cap on carbon emissions, following a year-long review of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the nation’s first cap on carbon from power plants, which took effect in 2009.

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