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3/14/2022 Media Advisory: Bills on dam safety before Senate Environment Committee
STATE HOUSE – The Senate Environment and Agriculture Committee will hold hearings tomorrow on three bills sponsored by Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski (D-Dist. 37, South Kingstown, New Shoreham) concerning the safety of dams.

The committee is scheduled to meet Wednesday, March 16, at 4 p.m. in Room 313 on the third floor of the State House. On the agenda are hearings on:
  • 2022-S 2294 — This bill would amend dam safety standards to require the state Building Code Standards Committee to take into account climate change effect on inundation areas below dams classified as high, significant or low hazard.
  • 2022-S 2295 —This bill would enable the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) to assess administrative penalties for failure to comply with emergency action plans relative to significant or high hazard dams, and would mandate that DEM and the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency establish a notification system in the event of severe weather conditions consisting of dam advisories, dam watches and dam warnings.
  • 2022-S 2297 — This bill would establish an Orphan and Insolvent Dam fund for the purpose of facilitating or, as a last resort, the repair or removal of high hazard or significant hazard dams that are unsafe and orphaned or insolvent.
 The meeting will be live streamed at and televised on Capitol Television, which can be seen on Cox Channels 15 and 61, in high definition on Cox Channel 1061, on Full Channel on Channel 15 and on Channel 34 by Verizon subscribers.

For more information, contact:
Greg Pare, Director of Communications for the Senate
State House Room 112
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 276-5558