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Trump moves to ease Obama auto-mileage rules, California’s clout

NEW YORK - The Trump administration, taking aim at one of former President Barack Obama’s signature environmental achievements, is proposing to suspend required increases...
THE PRICE OF GASOLINE in Rhode Island and Massachusetts increased 2 cents this week. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

R.I. and Mass. gas prices up 2 cents this week

PROVIDENCE – The average price of self-serve, regular unleaded gasoline in Rhode Island increased 2 cents this week to $2.89 per gallon, 4 cents...
FINISHED PRODUCT: Sam Fox, a former assistant manager at Earth Care Farm in Charlestown, shows a handful of finished compost. The farm is the state’s largest facility at which commercial-scale food-waste producers can divert materials to keep them out of the Central Landfill in Johnston.

PBN on WJAR-TV, July 30, 2018

With its only landfull nearing capacity, Rhode Island is off to a slow start trying to curb food waste Every week, PBN Editor Mark S....
WHILE LICENSED TO OPERATE, the anaerobic digester located at the Central Landfill in Johnston and built by Blue Sphere Corp., is still not operating anywhere near full capacity, citing issues with cold winter weather. / COURTESY BLUE SPHERE CORP.

Winter weather continues to delay anaerobic digester start

JOHNSTON – Anaerobic digestion was meant to be the answer to Rhode Island’s 2016 food-waste ban, but more than six months after the licensure...
COMPOST CENTRAL: Jayne Merner Senecal, owner of Earth Care Farm in Charlestown, the largest commercial-scale licensed composting facility in the state, with Jeff Glover, farm support, who is holding a grabber and bucket that he uses to clean the piles of unwanted items. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Does Rhode Island have right approach on food waste?

Tucked in a residential neighborhood of mostly rural Charlestown is the state’s largest commercial-scale compost-processing facility.Second-generation Earth Care Farm owner Jayne Merner Senecal, whose...

R.I. Supreme Court balancing public, private shore access rights well

It’s summer, and access to the shore is on the minds of many.While the public throngs Rhode Island’s beautiful beaches, some members of the...

R.I. falling behind clean-energy goals report finds, state officials disagree

PROVIDENCE – With its wind and solar projects, Rhode Island is known for doing its part in the march toward so-called “clean” energy production....

R.I. receives over $200K in federal funds for water quality monitoring

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island received $201,500 in federal funds to help officials conduct water-quality monitoring and alert beachgoers when conditions are unsafe, Sen. Jack...

R.I., Mass. gas prices dip this week

PROVIDENCE – The price of regular, self-serve unleaded gasoline in Rhode Island declined 2 cents to average $2.87 per gallon this week, 3 cents...
The illustration for Hammett's Wharf Hotel is part of the application before the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council.

Hotel proposal in Newport seeks tax increment financing

NEWPORT – A committee of the R.I. Commerce Corp. on Friday will consider a plan to create a tax increment financing program around a...
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