Governing Law and Regulations
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Bureau of Environmental Protection Office of Air Resources
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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Rhode Island has designated and classified specific regions of the state as nonattainment areas on the basis of whether the regions have met the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for various criteria pollutants. New major sources and major modifications to existing major sources must obtain a construction permit under nonattainment NSR or PSD, depending on the attainment status of the area where the source is located.
Rhode Island currently has several counties that are in nonattainment with one or more of the NAAQS. Therefore, the provisions of nonattainment NSR and PSD apply to new major sources or major modifications in the state. Rhode Island administers state implementation plan (SIP)-approved nonattainment NSR and PSD programs. Therefore, the provisions of federal nonattainment NSR, PSD, and any amendments are not effective in Rhode Island until a SIP revision incorporating provisions at least as stringent as the federal requirements is submitted by the state and approved ...