Governing Law and Regulations
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Bureau of Environmental Protection
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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Rhode Island generally follows federal leak detection rules—including landfills, surface impoundments, hazardous waste containers, and hazardous waste storage tanks. However, Rhode Island has additional requirements for aboveground storage tanks (ASTs), underground storage tanks (USTs), bulk gasoline terminals, and water supply systems. See the national section LEAK DETECTION for a discussion of the federal rules.
In addition, refer to the state section RELEASE NOTIFICATION to review Rhode Island's leak response and reporting requirements.
The state also requires that facilities take specific actions to prevent the occurrence of oil spills and prepare a spill prevention and emergency plan. See the state section SPILL PREVENTION—SPCC PLANS for plan requirements.
• Administration and enforcement. DEM administers and enforces the leak detection rules in Rhode Island.
RI Rule 12.190.027-10.00
The owner or operator of any facility having ASTs must inspect the facility at least monthly, which includes inspecting and monitoring all leak detection systems. See the state section ABOVEGROUND STORAGE TANKS for ...