Rhode Island AG Called for the Creation of a State Department of Coastal Resources

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Neronha called for the state legislature to pass a bill would replace the Coastal Resource Management Council, which is made up of political appointees, with a Department of Coastal Resources. In a statement, AG Nerohnha said, “If we as a state are serious about protecting our environment and coastline, then we need – and we deserve – a dedicated agency with the organization and expertise to handle complex permitting and enforcement issues. This bill is about modernizing what has become an amateurish, inconsistent approach to protecting one of our state’s most valuable resources. We cannot afford to continue placing crucial environmental decisions in the hands of political appointees who lack the expertise and often get it wrong.”