Environment

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The major parties for and against a proposal to build a natural gas power plant in Burrillville are asking state regulators to put a hold on final hearings for the project.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Federal fishery regulators are expected to vote Tuesday at a meeting in Plymouth on proposed changes to managing Atlantic herring.

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The developer of a natural gas power plant proposed for Burrillville may have encountered a roadblock to securing a permit for construction. 

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It’s been about a year since water supply board Providence Water rolled out a loan program for customers looking to replace their lead pipes, and they say it's been off to a good start.

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Earlier this week, Rhode Island and the South Coast experienced the aftermath of Hurricane Florence -- nothing too major, just a few inches of rain. However, this time 80 years ago was a completely different story. 


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A New England-based environmental advocacy group says the region is making progress improving air quality, but more work needs to done. 

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Rip currents and high surf are expected to hit Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts starting as early as Wednesday night, while Hurricane Florence churns toward the Carolinas.

"We’ll probably see some building seas offshore, as much as 8-10 feet once you get 20-plus miles offshore," said National Weather Service Meteorologist Matt Doody.

And that will lead to some high surf at area beaches.

Surfers often grab their boards and head for the water when storms bring these types of conditions. But Doody advised avoiding the coastline.

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Researchers at the University of Rhode Island have started to test drinking water from private wells in Cape Cod for toxic man-made chemicals called per and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, which may have been left behind by military training materials. 


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A national conservation organization is suing the federal government for failing to respond to their public records request on the American burying beetle, Rhode Island's official state insect protected under the federal Endangered Species Act. 


Warwick Sewer Authority

The Warwick Sewer Authority has finished repairing a collapsed sewer pipe that spilled about 300,000 gallons of sewage into Buckeye Brook last month.

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National Grid customers in Rhode Island will see changes to their gas and electric bills, effective this Saturday.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has reduced the amount of Atlantic herring Rhode Island and South Coast fishermen can catch this year due to an updated stock assessment that shows the fish's population is in decline.


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The Environmental Protection Agency proposed Tuesday changes to the federal plan aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, but Rhode Island's governor says the new rule is "regressive."  


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Over the last few weeks Great White sharks have been spotted in the waters off Rhode Island and Cape Cod. Now you can keep track of some of these marine predators yourself.  Environmental nonprofit Oceana, has released a new online shark map which shows the movements of 45 tagged sharks along the East coast.

Marine scientist Neil Hammerschlag was heavily involved in tagging the sharks for the map.

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The Enviromental Protection Agency announced Thursday a proposal to rollback a federal standard that aims to reduce carbon emissions from cars. 

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