Offshore wind, plastic bag ban + more

PROVIDENCE – It was another busy day in what is shaping up to be a busy session in the General Assembly for the environment.

On Tuesday, bills moved closer to enactment to purchase more offshore wind energy, cap concentrations of so-called forever chemicals in drinking water, prohibit food packaging that contains the same type of human-made chemicals, and ban the distribution of single-use plastic bags.

Permitting for plastics processing plants

House leadership also announced that a controversial bill approved in the Senate that would ease the permitting process for the use of extreme heat to break down plastic into combustible fuels and other products would not go any further this year. The legislation is widely opposed by state environmental groups and won passage in the Senate only after several senators were absent for the vote.

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