Rhode Island Spill Prevention (SPCC Plan) regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Rhode Island Spill Prevention (SPCC Plan): What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Oil pollution control regulations: 250-Rhode Island Code of Regulations (RICR)-140-25-2.1 to 250-RICR-140-25-2.17

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State spill prevention plans: 250-RICR-140-25-2.14

State spill prevention activities:

Boiler rooms and fill tanks: 250-RICR-140-25-2.9

Vessel-to-terminal transfers: 250-RICR-140-25-2.7

Aboveground storage tank (AST) spill prevention: 250-RICR-140-25-2.10 and 250-RICR-140-25-2.11

Prohibited activities: 250-RICR-140-25-2.6

Variances: 250-RICR-140-25-2.16

Regulatory Agencies

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

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM)

Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC)

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. In addition to the federal Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations that are in force in the state, Rhode Island has established its own state-specific spill prevention and emergency plans for oil reception facilities, oil terminals, and any outdoor storage tanks. The state requires state spill prevention plans in addition to the federal SPCC plan, although federal SPCC plans may be used to meet the state plan requirements if they meet the state minimum requirements. The state also requires that facilities take specific actions to prevent the occurrence of oil spills.

Administration and enforcement. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1 is responsible for administering the federal SPCC plan requirements in Rhode Island. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) administers rules for proper spill procedures for certain aboveground storage tanks (ASTs), and the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) ...

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