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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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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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“A Big Fugazi”: Why Fishermen Still Can’t Get Behind Offshore Wind

Dr. Kevin Stokebury, right, and his team on boat Liberty preparing for the last sea scallop survey before Vineyard Wind begins construction. Photo by Nadine Sebai for The Public's Radio
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Historic Plymouth Looks To A Future Without Pilgrim

The Plymouth Rock portico looks out across the Plymouth Bay to Rocky Point, the location of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station. Photo by Robin Lubbock for WBUR

Beneath a towering granite pavilion, in the smallest state park in Massachusetts, is an unassuming gray boulder with outsized historic and economic importance: Plymouth Rock. The Rock draws a million visitors a year. Tourism is a powerful economic engine for Plymouth, employing 4,000 workers and generating $30 million annually in local taxes.

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This Vermont Town Took A Big Hit When Its Nuclear Plant Closed

Spent fuel at Vermont Yankee is stored in these casks. NorthStar, the company that wants to buy the closed plant, recently boosted its financial plan to pay for fuel storage. Photo courtesy of Vermont Yankee

At the end of May, the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth will permanently shut down. Forty-six years ago it began generating electricity, high-paying jobs and intense controversy over safety and environmental impact. Pilgrim went into service just one day after its sister plant: Vermont Yankee. Both reactors were the same make and model: a GE Mark I reactor. And since 2002, they have been operated by the same company: Entergy.

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Mills, 2 Environmental Groups Back CMP’s $1 Billion Western Maine Transmission Project

Gov. Janet Mills holds up a pound of carbon at a press conference at the Portland Jetport on Thursday. Photo by Fred Bever for Maine Public

Gov. Janet Mills and two environmental groups are signing on to Central Maine Power’s bid to build a controversial new transmission line through western Maine’s forests. That significantly broadens the coalition of interests supporting the project, but the deal is also drawing fire from other environmental groups, grassroots opponents and some renewable energy developers in Maine.

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