Governing Law and Regulations
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Bureau of Environmental Protection
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1
Local emergency planning committees (LEPCs)
Local fire and police departments
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
| To report an emergency, callNational Response Center: 800-424-8802 (24 hours)DEM: 401-222-1360401-222-3070 (after hours)800-498-1336 (after hours) |
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Generally, Rhode Island follows the federal requirements for release notification. Transporters, generators, or others responsible for a release are required to notify the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) immediately of any actual or threatened spill that presents a risk of injury to human health or the environment. Responsible parties must also take immediate steps to prevent, contain, or clean the spill or release. Follow-up reports are generally required and must be made on DEM forms. Contact the Department ...