Rhode Island Fugitive Emissions regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Rhode Island Fugitive Emissions: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Fugitive emissions: Rhode Island Rules and Regulations (RI Rule) 12.031.005

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Visible emissions: RI Rule 12.031.001

Odor: RI Rule 12.031.017

Regulatory Agency

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Bureau of Environmental Protection Office of Air Resources

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Applicable sources must comply with the federal new source performance standards and the national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants, which contain source-specific standards for the control of fugitive emissions. In addition, Rhode Island has developed standards for the control of fugitive particulate matter emissions, visible emissions, and odor.

Administration and enforcement. DEM's Office of Air Resources administers and enforces the state's fugitive emissions regulations.

State Requirements


RI Rule 12.031.005

Fugitive dust must not travel beyond the property line of the emission source without precautions being taken to prevent the particulate matter from becoming airborne. Such precautions will be determined by DEM and will be in accordance with good industrial practice and reasonable fugitive dust prevention measures. Examples of sources to which this standard applies include:

  • The demolition, construction, or renovation of buildings, bridges, or other structures
  • Material stockpiles, including solid waste management facilities, and earth-moving activities, including the clearing of land
  • Materials-handling operations
  • Exterior surface preparation/resurfacing operations conducted on buildings, ...

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Rhode Island Fugitive Emissions Resources

Type Title
Forms Visible Emissions Observation Form (SFN-8441)
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