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Environmental Advocacy Unit

The Environmental Advocacy Unit continued its community-based mission to enhance public enjoyment of Rhode Island’s environment. In particular, Attorney General Kilmartin filed suit seeking to enforce the public’s rights to enjoy a nearly two-mile section of the Misquamicut beach-front. The suit seeks to enjoin specific beach-front lot-owners from interfering with the public’s right to use this dry sand area, alleging that this strand was dedicated by a recorded 1909 subdivision plan.

The Environmental Advocacy Unit’s mission is to enhance public enjoyment of Rhode Island’s environment.

In a joint effort by the Office of Attorney General and the Coastal Resources Management Commission, the Attorney General secured a court order to remove, at the violator’s expense, an illegal marina in Warren along the Kickemuitt River.

The Attorney General also continued efforts to reduce greenhouse gases that cause global warming in a series of federal cases to limit emissions including u pholding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ability to regulate greenhouse gases, and further upholding a series of EPA regulations limiting greenhouse gas.

The Environmental Advocacy Unit also secured $240,000 in mitigation payments from a settlement for use as the State match for a $1.2 million federal project to install a solar panel array on a RIPTA administration building in Providence.