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. Applicable sources in Rhode Island must comply with the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP), including the source-specific NESHAP standards known as the maximum achievable control technology (MACT) standards. Rhode Island has also developed a state program that establishes maximum allowable concentrations for state-listed air toxics. The state air toxics list includes the federal hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), as well as many additional substances.
• Administration and enforcement. The Office of Air Resources of DEM's Bureau of Environmental Protection administers and enforces the HAP and air toxics regulations in Rhode Island.