Rhode Island Air Permitting: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Minor source construction permits: Rhode Island Rules and Regulations (RI Rule) 12.031.009

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Applicability: RI Rule 12.031.009-9.3.1

Exemptions: RI Rule 12.031.009-9.3.2

Application content: RI Rule 12.031.009-9.3.3, RI Rule 12.031.009-9.3.4, RI Rule 12.031.009-9.3.8, and RI Rule 12.031.009-9.3.9

Major source construction permits:

Nonattainment new source review (NSR): RI Rule 12.031.009-9.4

Prevention of significant deterioration (PSD): RI Rule 12.031.009-9.5

Major source operating permits: RI Rule 12.031.029

Other state permits:

General permits: RI Rule 12.031.009-9.3.5, RI Rule 12.031.009-9.3.6, and RI Rule 12.031.043

Temporary permits: RI Rule 12.031.009-9.3.7

Other permitting considerations:

Toxic air contaminants: RI Rule 12-031-022

Banking emissions reductions: RI Rule 12.031.009-9.11

Public participation: RI Rule 12.031.009-9.12

Emissions statements: RI Rule 12.031.014-14.3

Malfunctions: RI Rule 12.031.016-16.3

Regulatory Agency

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Bureau of Environmental Protection Office of Air Resources

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Rhode Island is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer its own air emissions permit program. Rhode Island requires that all sources obtain either a minor source or major source construction permit before the construction, installation, or modification of any stationary source, unless the source is specifically exempted. Minor sources must comply with the state's minor source permitting requirements. Major sources must comply with Rhode Island's ...

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