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UNCHECKED? A Marathon Petroleum Corp. refinery in Detroit on April 21. Thousands of oil and gas operations and other sites won permission to bypass rules intended to protect health and the environment because of the coronavirus outbreak, The Associated Press has found.  / AP FILE PHOTO/PAUL SANCYA

Thousands of companies allowed to bypass environmental rules in pandemic

Thousands of oil and gas operations, government facilities and other sites won permission to stop monitoring for hazardous emissions or otherwise bypass rules intended...

Johnston metal shredding company to pay $875K for alleged air pollution...

PROVIDENCE – SMM New England Corp., doing business as SIMS Metal Management, has been fined $875,000 for allegedly violating the Clean Air Act, Attorney...

Disinfecting machines boost safety procedures at Newport Hospital

NEWPORT – Two new disinfectant-spraying machines are now in use at Newport Hospital thanks to a gift from a donor, and at least one...
POWERFUL PRODUCT: Allyson Cote, CEO and president of Ocean State Shields, and Todd Thomas, chief innovation officer, with their product, sd90, a coating that stops micro-organism growth for up to a year on surfaces. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Startup aiming to ensure microbes stay away

Without making claims specific to the new coronavirus, Ocean State Shields LP says its product – a nontoxic spray-on liquid that disinfects surfaces, including...
THE DEM has awarded $569,500 in matching grants to three projects aimed at lessening nonpoint pollution and flooding.

DEM awards $569.5K for water quality improvement and flood reduction projects

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Environmental Management has awarded $569,500 in matching grants to three projects to mitigate water pollution from stormwater and...
Joan Retsinas

The new health mantra for 2020: Think locally

Forget the federal government, no longer the champion of health. It’s more of an adversary. Healthwise, the motto for 2020 is: think locally. Here are...

RIDEM receives $130K grant from EPA to monitor and map wetlands

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Environmental Management has received $131,190 in Wetland Program Development Grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for state-led...
THE DEM is seeking school to participate in a free program to remove and dispose of banned or unwanted laboratory chemicals.

DEM seeks schools for free laboratory chemical removal program

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Environmental Management said Friday that is seeking more schools to participate in a program to remove and dispose...
THE EPA has granted a combined $1.1 million to Rhode Island organizations to restore and conserve coastal ecosystems in the state. / COURTESY ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

EPA awards $1.1M to R.I. entities for coastal conservation and restoration

PROVIDENCE – Seven Rhode Island entities have been awarded a combined $1.1 million in federal grants to promote cleaner water and healthier coastal ecosystems,...

R.I. gets $269M federal loan to help clean up Narragansett Bay

EAST PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island authorities have received a $268.7 million federal loan to help pay for construction of a 2.2-mile sewage containment tunnel...

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