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Why A Commercial Fisherman Turned To Restorative Ocean Farming

Bren Smith. Photo by Ronald T. Gautreau Jr.

Bren Smith began his career as a commercial fisherman, but now is the owner of Thimble Island Oyster Farm, a 3D restorative ocean farm in Connecticut. He’s also the author of the new book, Eat Like a Fish: My Adventures as a Fisherman Turned Restorative Ocean Farmer.

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Pilgrim Is Closing. So Then What Happens To The Radioactive Waste?

Spent fuel casks at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station. Photo by Robin Lubbock for WBUR

This week, Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station will power down for the last time. Over the next few years, workers will move the radioactive fuel into storage, dismantle the plant, and clean up the site. The process is called decommissioning, and a lot of people are worried about safety, cost and where the nuclear waste will finally end up.

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Rhode Island’s Approval Of A Second Offshore Wind Farm Reflects A Growing East Coast Trend. Here’s Why Some Are Concerned

Dr. Kevin Stokesbury shows a map of scallop surveys and proposed offshore wind farms in the Mid-Atlantic. Photo by Nadine Sebai for The Public's Radio

Rhode Island regulators unanimously approved a contract  to build the state’s second offshore wind farm. The Revolution Wind project will generate enough energy to power more than 270,000 Rhode Island homes a year. It’s just one of over a dozen offshore wind farms popping up across the Mid-Atlantic in what’s now been dubbed “The Saudi Arabia of Wind.” But some scientists and fishermen say the growth is too much too fast.

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