Rhode Island Oil Spill Response regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Rhode Island Oil Spill Response: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

General oil pollution control rules: 250-Rhode Island Code of Regulations (RICR)-140-25-2.1 to 250-RICR-140-25-2.17

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Oil spill response: 250-RICR-140-25-2.12

Spill debris storage and removal: 250-RICR-140-25-2.13

Vessel transfers: Section 630.3 of the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) Energy Amendments 1978

Regulatory Agencies

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

DEM Bureau of Environmental Protection Office of Emergency Response

Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Rhode Island has enacted two oil pollution programs that affect oil spill response. The first, Oil Pollution Control Regulations, applies broadly over a wide spectrum of activities. The second, Vessel-to-Vessel Transfer, is much narrower in scope and applies only to the transfer of petroleum between vessels at sea.

The two programs have some overlap, and where they do intersect, the more stringent program is to be followed. These two regulatory programs' requirements establish Rhode Island's reporting and notification requirements to be followed in the event of an oil spill. See the state section SPILL PREVENTION—SPCC PLAN for information concerning spill prevention requirements.

Administration and enforcement. Rhode Island's CRMC administers and enforces the vessel-to-vessel oil transfer rules, and DEM's Office of Water Resources administers and enforces its oil pollution control regulations.

DEM's Office of Emergency Response responds to releases of oil or ...

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