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PROVIDENCE MAYOR JORGE O. ELORZA vetoed a city ordinance amendment what would limit the use of single-use plastic bags on the grounds that it would inordinately affect low-income families. Elorza called for more community engagement and said he still supports the reduction of the use of plastic bags. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Elorza vetoes single-use plastic bag ban for now, requests more community...

PROVIDENCE – Saying that it would inordinately affect low-income families, Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza on Monday vetoed a city ordinance amendment that would...
PREVIEWING A DPUC REPORT, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo was critical of National Grid's performance in the wake of a late October storm that left hundreds of thousands of Rhode Islanders in the dark. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELI SHERMAN

‘Rhode Islanders deserve better’ than National Grid’s recent performance, says Raimondo

PROVIDENCE – Previewing a forthcoming report detailing the performance of National Grid PLC in the wake of a particularly damaging October 2017 storm, Gov....
WINTER WONDERLAND? Tree-lined streets, such as Hopkins Hill Road in Coventry, look lovely with a cover of snow, but they can turn ugly when branches fall on overhead lines and interrupt power to homes and ­businesses.  / PBN PHOTO/
ROB BORKOWSKI

Beautiful, yes, but R.I.’s trees may need a little bit of...

Winter storms present a significant challenge for utilities, especially National Grid PLC here in southern New England. Keeping the power on is a difficult...
THE R.I. DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL Management announced $3.75 million in Green Economy Bond matching grants to preserve green space.

R.I. DEM awards $3.75M in matching grants to preserve green space

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Environmental Management awarded $3.75 million in Green Economy Bond grants to 17 projects to help communities and organizations...
A RENDERING of the proposed natural gas-powered electrical plant in Burrillville. / COURTESY INVENERGY LLC

Hearing on possible suspension of Burrillville power plant canceled

PROVIDENCE – State regulators have canceled an upcoming hearing on whether to suspend Invenergy Thermal Development LLC’s application to build a power plant in...
VISION OF THE FUTURE? Climate experts believe that between sea-level rise and the increasing frequency of powerful storms, larger portions of Rhode Island will face serious flooding in the coming years.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

Climate change looks to bring water damage to more of R.I.

More than five years after “Superstorm” Sandy hit the Rhode Island coast, Westerly is still working at reversing some of the environmental damage that...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE issued a flood warning for all of Rhode Island and Massachusetts ahead of Friday's warm weather and expected rain. / COURTESY NWS

NWS issues Friday flood warning for R.I., Mass.

PROVIDENCE – The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for all Rhode Island and Bristol County, Mass., due to impending rain and warm...
A PLOW TRUCK CLEARING THE ROADS on Elmwood Ave. in Cranston. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ROB BORKOWSKI

Blizzard conditions shut down RIPTA operations; power outages reported

PROVIDENCE - Thursday’s winter storm continues to shut down services in Rhode Island. The R.I. Public Transit Authority said suspended all service at 2 p.m. The...
THE U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was created to protect human health and the environment. / COURTESY ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

EPA announces clean diesel award for R.I., Block Island Ferry

PROVIDENCE – The Environmental Protection Agency’s awarded Rhode Island $224,837 to reduce diesel emissions through the annual Diesel Emissions Reduction Act funding, the EPA...
INVENERGY has reached an agree ment with the Narragansett Indian Tribe and Benn Water & Heavy Transport to act as secondary suppliers for its proposed Burrillville powerplant. / COURTESY INVENERGY

Invenergy reaches deal with Narragansett Indian Tribe for water supply

BURRILLVILLE – Invenergy Thermal Development LLC reached deals Thursday with the Narragansett Indian Tribe and Benn Water & Heavy Transport to satisfy the company’s...

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