Medical waste bill dies; other enviro news

Sheila Dormody from Clean Water Action reports that the medical waste bill that had raised the concern of environmentalists was referred back to committee on the House floor, effectively killing it for this year.

In related news, environmental advocates are praising the legislature for passing legislation that will govern implementation of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the regional program to restrict and reduce global warming emissions from power plants. From a news release:

“This legislation means less global warming pollution from power plants and that is a good thing for our coastline, our beaches and the Bay,” said Matt Auten, Advocate for Environment Rhode Island. “Not only does this bill cap global warming pollution from power plants, it also forces dirty power generators to buy pollution permits and allocates those funds for clean energy projects like improving energy efficiency and producing more renewable energy.”

“The General Assembly has proved it is serious about combating global warming, the defining environmental issue of our generation," said Cynthia Giles of the Conservation Law Foundation, one of the groups that has been pushing for Rhode Island's participation in RGGI.  "The bill sets a tough environmental standard, and will save consumers money by reducing overall demand for power."

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