Law and Policy

  • Environmentally Speaking 020: Oil Spills

       In this episode, we are going to discuss the Seekonk River oil spill. There have been two spills in this area over the past few months and we are going to discuss what happens if you have contaminated soil on a property, we will explain what a C-A-P is, (the environmental remediation industry will put into place as…

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    Environmentally Speaking 014: Rhode Island Open Meetings Act

    On this episode of Environmentally Speaking, Marisa shares the basics of the Open Meetings Act. The Open Meetings Act requires certain information to be announced to the public; It is aimed at ensuring government transparency. This is important when public comment is required according to certain statues. LISTEN NOW:     EP 014 – Rhode Island Open Meetings Act MARISA: …

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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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    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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    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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    State Regulations for Marinas, Non-Compliance with Regulatory Requirements, and the Clean Marina Program

    Are you a marina owner/operator in Rhode Island, or would you like to be? If so, you should know about the state regulations which apply to marina regulations and permitting, what non-compliance with regulatory requirements might mean for your business, and the Coastal Resource Management Council (CRMC)’s Clean Marina Program. The CRMC and DEM are responsible for most of the…

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    Advocacy for Environmental Protection and Economic Integrity Related to Coastal Properties and Climate Change

    R.I. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen teamed up this month in an op-ed to address the economic impacts of climate change related to the rapidly declining value of coastal properties. The op-ed also appeared in the Boston Globe. In this opinion piece, the Senators noted that Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire have already lost…

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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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    An Environmental Act in the News: Allowing Commercial Fishing in the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument

    June 8-12 is World Ocean Week! Our blog post today will focus on one current topic in the world of oceans, through the lens of a few environmental acts currently in the news. On June 5, 2020, the President announced that he will be reopening the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument to commercial fishing. Below we will explain…

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  • Environmentally Speaking 020: Oil Spills

       In this episode, we are going to discuss the Seekonk River oil spill. There have been two spills in this area over the past few months and we are going to discuss what happens if you have contaminated soil on a property, we will explain what a C-A-P is, (the environmental remediation industry will put into place as…

    Read more

    Environmentally Speaking 014: Rhode Island Open Meetings Act

    On this episode of Environmentally Speaking, Marisa shares the basics of the Open Meetings Act. The Open Meetings Act requires certain information to be announced to the public; It is aimed at ensuring government transparency. This is important when public comment is required according to certain statues. LISTEN NOW:     EP 014 – Rhode Island Open Meetings Act MARISA: …

    Read more

    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…

    Read more

    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…

    Read more

    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…

    Read more

    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,…

    Read more

    State Regulations for Marinas, Non-Compliance with Regulatory Requirements, and the Clean Marina Program

    Are you a marina owner/operator in Rhode Island, or would you like to be? If so, you should know about the state regulations which apply to marina regulations and permitting, what non-compliance with regulatory requirements might mean for your business, and the Coastal Resource Management Council (CRMC)’s Clean Marina Program. The CRMC and DEM are responsible for most of the…

    Read more

    Advocacy for Environmental Protection and Economic Integrity Related to Coastal Properties and Climate Change

    R.I. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen teamed up this month in an op-ed to address the economic impacts of climate change related to the rapidly declining value of coastal properties. The op-ed also appeared in the Boston Globe. In this opinion piece, the Senators noted that Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire have already lost…

    Read more

    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…

    Read more

    An Environmental Act in the News: Allowing Commercial Fishing in the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument

    June 8-12 is World Ocean Week! Our blog post today will focus on one current topic in the world of oceans, through the lens of a few environmental acts currently in the news. On June 5, 2020, the President announced that he will be reopening the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument to commercial fishing. Below we will explain…

    Read more

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