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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...
HIT THE BRAKES: Rush-hour traffic on the Schuylkill Expressway in Philadelphia. A growing number of governors in the Northeast have expressed concerns about the Transportation and Climate Initiative causing gas prices to rise. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Rhode Island Gov. Gina M. Raimondo support the initiative. / AP FILE PHOTO/JACQUELINE LARMA

Northeast governors slow to embrace regional climate pact

Supporters of a regional pact that would tackle transportation emissions are struggling to win over several New England governors concerned that the climate change...
THE EPA HAS ANNOUNCED its proposed plan for a cleanup of the Walton and Lonsbury Superfund Site in Attleboro. / COURTESY ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

EPA announces cleanup plan for Attleboro Superfund Site

PROVIDENCE – A proposed cleanup plan was announced for the Walton and Lonsbury Superfund Site in Attleboro, the EPA announced Thursday. The EPA added the...
THE EPA announced that Star Plating Co. reached a settlement with the agency over 14 counts of violations of hazardous waste environmental regulations. / COURTESY ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

New Bedford company settles with EPA over violation of hazardous waste...

NEW BEDFORD – Southcoast Plating Inc., doing business as Star Plating Co., has settled with the Environmental Protection Agency over 14 counts of violations...
HOMEMADE BEGINNINGS: From left, store manager Brandi White with co-owners Steph and Jake Kopper at Shore Soap in Newport. The Koppers opened the shop at the suggestion of friends and family who were impressed with the couple’s homemade 12-bar batches of soap, which began as a hobby.

Shore’s scents of luxury

For Jake and Steph Kopper, the entrepreneurial spark came from a gift of luxury soap. Interested in obtaining more but turned off by the price...
OVERALL POLLUTION in the U.S. increased 3.4 percent year over year in 2018, the second-biggest year-over-year increase in the past 20 years. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ROBYN BECK

Pollution got worse in 2018 thanks to 2 overlooked sectors

NEW YORK - In the debate over climate change, the heaviest polluters - think: power plants, trucks and cars - get the most attention...

Protect clean-water rules

President Donald Trump really dislikes the 2015 Clean Water Rule. Barely a month after taking office he directed the Environmental Protection Agency to take...
RHODE ISLAND WAS ONE OF NINE states and the District of Columbia that have agreed to create a transportation emissions cap-and-trade program designed to decrease the use of fossil fuels and fund green technology and other projects. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

R.I. joins partnership developing transportation emission cap/trade program

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island was among nine Northeast and mid-Atlantic states and Washington, D.C., Tuesday announcing a partnership in a project designed to create...
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