Governing Law and Regulations
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM)
Rhode Island State Fire Marshal's Office
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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Rhode Island has adopted extensive oil pollution control regulations that apply to all aboveground storage tank (AST) facilities with a combined total storage capacity of over 500 gallons (gal). See the state sections OIL SPILLS and RELEASE NOTIFICATION for additional information.
Rhode Island has its own spill prevention rules specifically for vessel-to-vessel oil transfers, and for ASTs, and these rules are stricter than the federal Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan requirements. The state also requires that facilities take specific actions to prevent the occurrence of oil spills and prepare a spill prevention and emergency plan. See the state section SPILL PREVENTION—SPCC PLAN for plan requirements.
The Rhode Island AST program has adopted National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Code 30 and NFPA Code 30A. A permit is required from the state fire marshal for any AST that stores liquid natural gas, liquid petroleum gas, or ...