Attorney General statement on denial of permit application for proposed medical waste treatment facility

 

“The Department of Environmental Management made the right decision in denying the permit application for the proposed medical waste treatment facility in West Warwick, and I am grateful for their close review of a proposal that would have impacted many Rhode Islanders.

 

Several months ago, my Office expressed our concerns about the significant environmental and public health impacts that the waste treatment facility presented to surrounding communities.

 

This decision is an apt example of the benefit of having a comprehensive state regulatory process that includes robust public input.”

 

###

 

 
The FDA is giving the green light to Pfizer to give it's coronavirus booster to certain populations. On Wednesday, the agency granted emergency use authorization to those 65 and older and those deemed high risk of getting severe symptoms. Boosters can be taken six months after getting both doses of Pfizer's vaccine.       New data from the FBI shows the murder rate spiking in 2020. The findings from its annual report on crime reveals killings were up about 29 percent. It's the largest increase since national record keeping began in 1960.        Fortnite is not coming back to Apple's app store anytime soon. CNN reports it will be off the platform until a lawsuit between Apple Inc. and Fortnite's maker, Epic Games is settled. Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney said on Twitter the process could take up to five years.        As the pandemic continues, more families are choosing fast food for meals. That's according to Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. Half of those surveyed say their family is eating home-cooked meals more often, while 20 percent admitted fast food is being consumed more frequently.        The nation's oldest park ranger is celebrating a milestone birthday. Betty Reid Soskin turned 100-years old on Wednesday. She began her career as a ranger when she was 85, leading tours at the Rosie the Riveter/World War Two Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California.