Community Scale Air Toxics Monitoring Project – Port of Providence and Surrounding Communities Air quality surrounding the Port of Providence is impacted by air pollution from diesel trucks, marine vessels, oil and gas storage and distribution, asphalt and cement processing, metals recycling, natural gas and utility service, and large heating plants.
Additionally, Interstate Route 95 (I-95) passes through Providence neighborhoods with among the highest poverty and childhood asthma rates in the State. The goal of this Community-Scale Air Toxics monitoring project is to characterize air toxic emissions near the Port of Providence and its potential impacts on the people living and working in the area.
Considering Environmental Justice in the Review of Investigation and Remediation of Contaminated Properties Redevelopment of brownfields - which are vestiges of Rhode Island's industrial heritage and number in the thousands across the state - may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of environmental contamination. Many of the impacted sites are located in the urban centers of the State. In many cases, low income and minority populations live in the communities around the sites. These populations have been subject to many historical inequities. Addressing these inequities and providing a fair, effective process for future involvement in site remediation projects is a main premise of environmental justice.
Accessibility in Rhode Island State Parks DEM's Division of Parks and Recreation has an ongoing program of renovating facilities to make them accessible to and usable by persons with physical disabilities. It is our aim to make each each state park and beach location as barrier-free as possible for the convenience of those with limited mobility. Accessibility is considered in all new design and construction projects. In addition to designated wider parking spaces, restroom accommodations, and ramped building entrances, the RI State park and beach system offers accessible picnic tables and sites at all major day use parks.