Topher Hamblett

Protecting Newport’s Gilded Age mansions takes a new turn: Suing the feds.

BY: - November 29, 2023

Trudy Coxe relentlessly pursued funding to preserve Newport’s acclaimed mansions. She helped bring the city’s “Gilded Age” icons before a national TV audience through the HBO series by the same name. Now, she’s turning that single-minded focus to protecting Newport’s cultural and historic identity, including its iconic landmarks, against the perceived threat of offshore wind. […]

McKee names 2 CRMC appointments

BY: - June 1, 2023

Gov. Dan McKee named his picks for two of four open spots on the state’s coastal regulatory council on Thursday.  The much-anticipated nominations comes amid mounting pressure from coastal advocates and some lawmakers to reform the troubled Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council. Among other problems, the 10-member, politically appointed council has been forced to […]

An existential crisis for troubled coastal management agency?

BY: - April 20, 2023

The state’s coastal regulatory agency is ripe for reform. But how much? This is the key question lawmakers, residents and coastal advocates are considering when it comes to the politically appointed Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council.  The Senate Committee on Environment and Agriculture on Wednesday considered five different pieces of legislation aimed at reforming […]

Vacancies put pressure on CRMC as advocates call for more state funding

BY: - April 7, 2023

Four hundred miles of coastline. Hundreds of development project permit applications. Four major renewable energy projects already under review with applications for several more offshore wind arrays looming on the horizon. The demands on the state’s coastal regulatory agency are mounting, and its staff is shrinking. The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council faces half […]

Has DEM lost its teeth?

BY: - March 29, 2023

Over the last year, environmental regulators have kept a close eye on the Woonsocket Wastewater Treatment Facility, clocking more than 30 inspections of the municipally-owned sewage plant.  What they found: at least 21 permit violations, 26 odor complaints and three occasions in which partially untreated sewage was dumped into the Blackstone River, according to court […]