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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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    Farming and an Environmental Law Attorney

    Rhode Island has always been a farming state; although many people do not associate it with farming and agricultural work, the state is home to approximately 1,243 farms covering over 69,000 acres, or 10% of the land in the state. In addition to manufacturing, tourism, and health services, agriculture makes up a large part of the state’s economy. When one…

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    Solar Farm Land Dispute in Richmond Results in Superior Court Reversal

    In the latest solar farm land dispute heard by the R.I. Superior Court, Freepoint Solar, LLC (“Freepoint”) appealed a decision of the Town of Richmond Zoning Board of Review (“the ZBR”). The ZBR denied Freepoint a special use permit for construction of a solar farm on property in the town’s R-3 residential zoning district. Today, we’ll explain why the Superior…

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    The RI Right to Farm Act and Land Zoning

    Our blog post today will explain what the Right to Farm Act is in RI and how it may be useful in land zoning disputes related to farming activities. For example, we will be discussing an upcoming North Smithfield Zoning Board hearing. The Upcoming Zoning Board Issue Frank Jacques operates a composting business at his Buxton Hollow Farm in North…

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    Zoning Law and Zoning Approval Requirements

    What is Zoning Law? Zoning law encompasses all of the regulations, or ordinances, that make up a given city or town’s rules for development in that municipality. These rules regulate the types of structures people and businesses can build, where each can be built, and the restrictions on how they are built. A seasoned legal team can work to help…

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