Energy Facilities Siting Board has its third voting member – Meredith Brady

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Rhode Island Department of Administration Director Michael DiBiase today announced Meredith Brady – the Administrator for Planning at the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) – has been selected as Associate Director of the Rhode Island Division of Planning.

“I believe Meredith’s unique planning, policy and financial background will serve the Division of Planning well in its continuous efforts to plan for the physical, economic and social development of the State,” said DiBiase. “We are excited to welcome her to the team, and I look forward to working with her.”

Brady, of North Kingstown, will begin her new role on Monday, July 16. As Associate Director of the Division, she will serve on the Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council (EC4) and the Energy Facility Siting Board (EFSB).

“Planning is a key piece of Rhode Island’s economic development puzzle, and I am thrilled to be joining a team intent on getting the right pieces in place to enable progress and growth,” Brady said. “This Division has a wide-ranging impact on communities, from transportation and housing opportunities to job creation and sustainable use of resources. I am grateful for the opportunity to lead the Division and its talented staff, and to work with our partners in the community to make Rhode Island a better place to work and live.”

Statewide Planning prepares and maintains plans for the physical, economic, and social development of the State and coordinates the actions of state, local and federal agencies and private individuals within the framework of the State’s development goals and policies. The Division acts as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the State of Rhode Island and is recertified by the United States Department of Transportation every four years.

Brady has a history of successful collaboration with state and federal agencies on various strategic planning initiatives at RIDOT. She has served in many roles during her time in state government, including policy director and fiscal analyst. In addition to eighteen years of state service, Brady has worked in commercial real estate, as town planner in Bourne, Massachusetts, and with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) in Boston, Massachusetts.

Brady received her master’s degree in Planning from the University of Rhode Island along with a bachelor’s degree in Geography and Political Science from the University of Connecticut.

[From a press release]

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  1. Utterly corrupt EFSB process if this person is allowed to vote on the power plant… Its been three years of hundreds of hours of testimony and thousands more of the written product. There is no way this woman can pretend she can make an informed decision.

    If she’s allowed to vote, this is how the corruption would work: Janet Coit, current DEM director, would be completely off the hook. As DEM director, how could she vote to approve a massive industrial project to be sited on the borderline of the second largest state forest complex in Rhode Island? But with Brady involved in the decision, its a snap. While making only the faintest effort to persuade her two colleagues to agree with her—a pure theatrical exercise—she votes against the plant. Brady, of course, votes for the plant.

    Who was her boss at DOT? …Peter Alviti… Whose previous job was with theLaborer’s Union. And who are the Laborer’s Union? They are the group of voters to whom Gina Raimondo owes her job as Governor, because in the 2014 primary—an off-year, three way race—she beat Clay Pell and Prov mayor Tavares by a narrow plurality. The Laborers were absolutely necessary to her because, as Treasurer, Raimondo had earned the undying enmity of the state’s public employees union when she cut their pensions off at the knees when she was Treasurer in 2011.

    Raimondo’s hands will stink of this corruption if this is the way the power plant decision goes down.

    Already her EFSB members have done her bidding at the beginning of the Invenergy process and again last December. In 1988, the Invenergy site was eliminated as an alternative site for the Ocean State Power Plant which was being vetting by the EFSB at that time. The governor at the time, Governor DiPrete, and the EFSB both insisted that because of the obvious environmental sensitivity of the northwest Rhode Island forest, a formal Environmental Impact Statement be conducted by an independent authority. The EIS was done by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Involved were Federal, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts environmental agencies. The so-called “Buck Hill Road” site, the Algonquin Gas Co land where Invenergy plans to build today, was selected and studied as a possible alternative site should Ocean State’s “preferred” site be rejected.

    The Buck Hill Road/Invenergy site never made it as one of the finalist alternative. The US Fish and Wildlife Service, RI DEM, FERC itself, and even the Ocean State Power company, condemned this site for its obvious flaws—its proximity to a complex of six state forests in three states, a major Boy Scout reservation, numerous outdoor recreational facilities with the six state forests attracting thousands each year, and a long record of the presence of rare and endangered species. DEM biologist, Chris Raithel, (a recent retiree from DEM,) testified that of all the alternative sites considered for Ocean State, “this site (Buck Hill/Invenergy) is by far the most inappropriate location for a power plant.”

    Without an EIS for the Invenergy project, though, none of this history is being considered by the EFSB today. And in December, when the Town of Burrillville formally motioned that the EFSB order an EIS, the EFSB refused, Janet Coit doing the talking.

    Why?

    Again, if an EIS were conducted, there would be no way for the EFSB to approve the Invenergy project.
    Gina knew this from the get-go. It is apparent that even Ms Integrity Herself, Meg Curran went along with this scheme. And we all saw in December how Curran and Coit reiterated it.

    This is corruption in Rhode Island. It is indeed an “Ocean State Classic.”

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