ProvPort operator, environmentalists reach accord: no filling

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The operators of the Port of Providence have reached an agreement with an environmental group over a $20 million state-financed proposal to expand the city’s deep-water seaport.

ProvPort announced Tuesday that it is changing its plans to address concerns raised by Save The Bay.

The port operator is abandoning plans that would have filled up to 31 acres of Narragansett Bay and will instead restrict its proposed expansion to existing land.

ProvPort also says its land acquisition won’t benefit owners of the Rhode Island Recycled Metals scrap yard, which has been repeatedly cited for environmental violations.

Save The Bay Executive Director Jonathan Stone says he’s pleased that ProvPort listened to the group’s concerns.

Rhode Island voters are being asked to approve the bond proposal in November.

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