Governing Law and Regulations
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Bureau of Environmental Protection Office of Air Resources
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. DEM's Office of Air Resources is responsible for administering and enforcing Rhode Island's air pollution rules. Rhode Island's air program is shaped by its SIP, which sets forth basic strategies for implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). As mandated by the federal Clean Air Act (CAA), each state must adopt and submit a SIP to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval.
• Administration and enforcement. Rhode Island's air program is implemented and enforced by DEM's Office of Air Resources.
RHODE ISLAND'S AIR PROGRAM
Rhode Island's SIP was officially submitted to EPA in January 1972 and is frequently amended to comply with the 1990 CAA amendments. The SIP focuses on permitting, emission standards, hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), and various other air-related requirements.
The areas of the state that do not meet the NAAQS are designated as nonattainment for that particular criteria pollutant. Currently, Rhode Island is designated as nonattainment for ozone. Designation as nonattainment significantly affects permitting procedures ...