Governing Law and Regulations
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Office of Waste Management
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 1
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Hazardous substances is a broad classification that includes hazardous wastes, toxic pollutants, hazardous chemicals, and petroleum products. Rhode Island does not specifically regulate hazardous substance storage. See the national section HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE STORAGE for additional guidance.
The Rhode Island Hazardous Substance Community Right-to-Know Act allows a resident to discover which hazardous substances are used by an employer. See the state section COMMUNITY RIGHT TO KNOW for more information.
Rhode Island requires permits from the state fire marshal for aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) that store liquid natural gas, liquid petroleum gas, or propane for distribution to the public. See the state section ABOVEGROUND STORAGE TANKS for a discussion of AST rules in Rhode Island.
The state adopts the U.S. Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations as they apply to motor carriers. See the national section HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TRANSPORTERS for more information.
Rhode Island follows federal response and remediation laws for responding to hazardous substance releases from storage areas. See ...