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Best (and Worst) of the Beaches
by Cynthia Liebman

It’s July 4. As you head out to your favorite swimming spot, consider this: While New England is home to many clean, scenic beaches, the sad truth is that hundreds of beach closures occurred in 2010 across the New England states.

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Finally, Weaver’s Cove LNG throws in the towel
by Sue Reid

After nearly a decade, Weaver’s Cove Energy (WCE) finally abandoned its liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) terminal project that initially had been proposed for Fall River, MA and, more recently, for the middle of Mt. Hope Bay just off the shores of Somerset, MA.

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CLF Defends its Standing in Deepwater Wind Case
by Karen Wood

In response to a February 21 order by the Rhode Island Supreme Court, the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) today filed a brief defending its legal standing in the Deepwater Wind case and issued the following statement:

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After Seven-Year Litigation, CLF Applauds CRMC Decision to Deny Champlin’s Marina Expansion
by Jerry Elmer

It was thrilling to attend the meeting of the RI Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) last night, where the Council voted unanimously to reject the application of Champlin’s Marina to expand by several hundred feet into the Great Salt Pond of Block Island. The vote probably brings to a final conclusion a lawsuit that CLF has been fighting for the last seven years in the CRMC, in the Superior Court, and in the R.I. Supreme Court.

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Calculate Your Own Carbon Footprint: Then Come See Carbon Nation
by Kim Twist

Ever wondered what your own carbon footprint looks like? Calculate it here. Once you’ve done that, make plans to come see Carbon Nation on October 25 at 6:00 PM at the Metcalf Auditorium in the Chace Center at RISD. Carbon Nation stands on the side of pioneers who want to find Solutions…who want to stop…

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Figured Out a Solution to Your Carbon Footprint Yet?
by Kim Twist

Me neither. That’s why I’m going to see Carbon Nation on October 25, 2010 at the Metcalf Auditorium at RISD. Details are here on how to get your tickets. Since its Premiere at The Washington Environmental Film Festival on March 28th Carbon Nation has had over 70 screenings and is headed for a major NYC…

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Make Some Noise!
by Tricia Jedele

So the 100% biodegradable packaging that PepsiCo uses for its Sun Chips snacks is going away because … well, isn’t it obvious?! PepsiCo is taking the no-waste, completely compostable, producer-finally-taking-responsibility-for-the- waste-it generates packaging off the shelves because WE complained that the packaging makes too much noise. It is hard to believe that we as consumers…

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PUC approves Power Purchase Agreement for Block Island Sound wind farm
by Conservation Law Foundation

Earlier today in Rhode Island, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved the Deepwater Wind/National Grid Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the construction of an eight-turbine wind farm in Block Island Sound, denying CLF’s Motion to Dismiss. Here’s what CLF’s Rhode Island Advocacy Center Director Tricia Jedele had to say about the decision: Today’s ruling was…

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RI Supreme Court Decision Overturns Ruling that Would Have Allowed Champlin’s Marina Expansion
by Conservation Law Foundation

Providence, RI February 18, 2010 – Affirming the need for proper procedure when deciding the fate of the State’s vulnerable coastal resources, the Rhode Island Supreme Court today overturned a Superior Court ruling that would have allowed the expansion of Champlin’s Marina into Block Island’s Great Salt Pond. The decision was hailed by Conservation Law…