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  • How a Block Island marina dispute fractured trust in R.I. coastal agency

    Control of Rhode Island’s 400 miles of coastline is contentious, and hotly debated questions often fall to the Coastal Resources Management Council. Critics say the council is not accountable to the public. When the CRMC last year went into private mediation with a marina owner, it fueled further questions about the agency’s transparency. By Sofie Rudin Science and Environmental Reporter…

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    Environmentally Speaking Episode 003: Public Notices

    LISTEN NOW:     EP 003 – Public Notice Full Transcript MARISA:  All right.  Here we go.  Hi.  This is Environmentally Speaking.  I am Marisa Desautel an environmental attorney with a few decades of experience. CLARICE:  Hey, everybody.  I’m Clarice.  I’m a paralegal here bringing your questions and topics to the table.  And today, Marisa, you specifically wanted to talk…

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    Public Hearing Scheduled in Exeter: CEA Submitted for Industrial Greenhouses, Utility Scale Solar Development in Residential Zones

    Public Hearing August 11 @ 6:30 p.m. Metcalf School 30 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Exeter, RI 02822   What’s being proposed? A new Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) zoning ordinance has been written by a developer (RI Grows LLC) to allow industrial greenhouses and utility scale solar development in residential zones. If the zone change is approved, there will be no ability…

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    Environmentally Speaking Episode 002: Rhode Island “DEM”

    LISTEN NOW:       EP 002 – Rhode Island “DEM” Full Transcript Marisa:  Hi.  Welcome to Environmentally Speaking.  This is attorney Marisa Desautel.  I’m your host.  I’ve got a couple of decades of experience in environmental law.  And with me today is – Clarice:  Hi, everybody.  I’m Clarice, a paralegal here, to bring your topics and questions to the…

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    RODA sends reminder on offshore wind development surveys deadline Aug. 1

    From RODA: Reminder to please fill out these two RODA surveys before August 1st if you have not already. Research Priorities: We are asking for the fishing industry’s help to identify research priorities essential to understand the impacts of offshore wind development on fisheries. Please fill out EITHER this google form or email the RODA Research Priorities Form and return…

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    Environmentally Speaking Episode 001: Registered Agents

    LISTEN NOW: EP 001 – Registered Agents Full Transcript MARISA: This is Environmentally Speaking.  I’m Marisa Desautel an environmental attorney with a couple of decades of experience in environmental law. CLARICE:  And I’m Clarice a paralegal here to bring your topics and questions to the table.  Today, Marisa, let’s talk about registered agents. MARISA:  Sounds like a good idea.  I…

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    RI Fishing Industry List Public Comment Period – Vineyard Wind South

    BOEM is seeking comments (due July 30, 2021) on what information to consider in an Environmental Impact Statement for construction of the Vineyard Wind South project. The proposed project includes up to 130 wind turbine generators, 2-5 offshore substations, inter-array cables, and up to 5 export cables connecting to the onshore electric grid in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. This project would be…

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    DEM Denies Permit Application of Proposed Medical Waste Treatment Facility

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Michael Healey P:401-258-0787 E: Michael.Healey@dem.ri.gov Tuesday, July 13, 2021 PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced today that it has denied the permit application of Medrecycler-RI Inc. to build a medical waste-to-energy plant at 1600  Division Road in West Warwick. DEM cited the following factors in denying the application:   The proposal did…

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    BOEM Announces Environmental Review of Wind Energy Project Proposed for Offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts

    Agency seeks comments from the public The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today announced it will begin conducting an environmental review of a Construction and Operations Plan (COP) submitted by Vineyard Wind, LLC, for its Vineyard Wind South offshore wind project. “The Biden-Harris administration has set an ambitious target of 30 gigawatts of installed offshore wind energy by 2030,…

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