Rhode Island GHG Management regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Rhode Island GHG Management: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Reporting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions:

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Mandatory reporting: Rhode Island Rules and Regulations (RI Rule) 12.031.046-10 and 40 CFR 98

GHG permitting: RI Rule, 40 CFR 52.2072, RI Rule 12.031.029, and 40 CFR 70 Appendix A

GHG reduction targets: Rhode Island General Laws (RI Gen. Laws) 42-6.2-2

Climate action plan: Resilient Rhode Island Act of 2014, RI Gen. Laws 42-6.2

Vehicle GHG emissions: RI Rule 12.031.037

Carbon dioxide (CO2) cap-and-trade program: RI Rule 12.031.046 and RI Rule 12.031.047

Regulatory Agency

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. Before 2009, little action was taken at the federal level, beyond voluntary initiatives, to implement greenhouse gas (GHG) management strategies ensuring that GHG emissions are accounted for and controlled. However, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has changed its stance and is initiating actions to monitor and control GHG emissions.

Rhode Island has developed statutes and regulations to address GHG emissions in order to meet state-established GHG emissions reduction targets. In addition, the state is working with other states to implement regional programs to monitor and control GHG emissions.

Administration and enforcement. The Office of Air Resources in DEM's Bureau of Environmental Protection administers the state's GHG management programs to address GHG emissions and coordinates with other states to assist in the implementation of regional climate change initiatives.

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