The state Department of Environmental Management will distribute mosquito larvicide to Rhode Island communities starting Tuesday. Cities and towns use the product to kill mosquitos in catch basins, where they most commonly breed.
The state has been supplying cities and towns with mosquito larvicide ever since West Nile virus emerged 14 years ago. They use an environmentally-friendly product that comes in a briquette, about the size of two ice cubes. Town officials put one in each storm water catch basin and it kills larvae for six months.
A contentious recycling facility in East Providence will close. The Department of Environmental Management will use bond money to pay the property owner to remove all construction and demolition debris from the site.
The Department of Environmental management has reached a settlement in a case over pollution at the Davis Liquid Waste Superfund Site in Smithfield. The settlement was a long time coming, and the clean-up will take even longer.