Governing Law and Regulations
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Bureau of Environmental Protection Office of Compliance and Inspection Waste Management Program
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Rhode Island has incorporated by reference the federal hazardous waste treatment rules and added more stringent rules in connection with permits for hazardous waste treatment facilities and on-site hazardous waste treatment by generators.
• Administration and enforcement. DEM's Office of Compliance and Inspection administers and enforces the hazardous waste treatment rules in Rhode Island.
TREATMENT FACILITY PERMITS AND FEES
Rhode Island's permit requirements for hazardous waste treatment facilities include the federal standards, plus the state's additional rules requiring a permit application fee, additional permit conditions, and facility siting requirements. See the state section TSDF PERMITS for more information.
GENERATOR ON-SITE RESOURCE RECOVERY
RI Gen. Laws 23-19.1-10(q)(3)
Unlike the federal rules, Rhode Island's rules do not interpret their generator on-site accumulation rules at RI Rule 12.030.003-5.02, to allow generators to treat hazardous waste on-site without a permit for a specified period of time. Generators in Rhode Island must apply for a treatment permit for any on-site treatment of hazardous waste that is not otherwise exempt under the state's hazardous waste management rules. See the state section