Land Use

  • Environmentally Speaking 033: Animal Crossing

    Animal Crossing We start the show off by recapping the last episode on Earth Day. Did you know Earth Day is our second favorite day, next to our birthdays?! There has been talk of building an overpass for animal crossings over a huge highway in California. Take a listen as we discuss what this project will look like and how…

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    Environmentally Speaking 027: Smart Growth

    This week we are talking about Smart Growth. Sounds like something you add to your plants at home. No, not what we’re talking about. Recently Clarice went to Ohio, and a few months ago Marisa took a trip to Montana. Both states are pretty wide open compared to what we see around Rhode Island. What happens when all the land…

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    Environmentally Speaking 021: Land Use

       In this episode, we discuss land use in residential and commercial developments, and why it’s so important for local government leaders to have a longterm plan in mind as smaller areas rapidly grow.       EP 21: Land Use CLARICE:  All righty.  Good morning, everybody, or at least snowy morning on our end.  We’re enjoying a nice…

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    Environmentally Speaking Episode 004: Superfund Sites

    LISTEN NOW:     EP 004 – Superfund Sites Full Transcript MARISA: Welcome to Environmentally Speaking. I am Marisa Desautel an environmental attorney with a few decades of experience. CLARICE: Hi, everybody. I’m Clarice a paralegal here to bring your topics and questions to the table. So today’s topic I’m very excited about is actually a listener request. MARISA: Our…

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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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    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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    An Environmental Law Firm’s Role in Regulatory Permitting

    President Donald Trump recently took to his Twitter page to announce that there would be “no politics” involved in the review process for the Pebble Mine. But is that true? Today’s blog post will take a look at the Clean Water Act’s Section 404 permit process for the mine, and how the agencies and political interests have reacted to the…

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    Massachusetts Municipal Permits for Freshwater Wetlands Alterations

    In Rhode Island, the Department of Environmental Management oversees the Freshwater Wetlands Program, which aims to protect the state’s freshwater wetlands from overdevelopment, and maintain existing habitat as well as the natural benefits that wetlands provide. In Massachusetts, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) oversees a similar program, which we will highlight in today’s blog post. The Massachusetts Freshwater Wetlands…

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