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: Rhode Island Rules and Regulations (RI Rule) 12.190.027-1.00 to 12.190.027-18.00

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State spill prevention plans: RI Rule 12.190.027-14.00

State spill prevention activities:

Boiler rooms and fill tanks: RI Rule 12.190.027-9.00

Vessel-to-terminal transfers: RI Rule 12.190.027-7.00

Aboveground storage tank (AST) spill prevention: RI Rule 12.190.027-10.00

Prohibited activities: RI Rule 12.190.027-6.00

Variances: RI Rule 12.190.027-16.00

Regulatory Agencies

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

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM)

Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

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 additional 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. EPA Region 1 is responsible for administering the federal SPCC Plan requirements in Rhode Island. The DEM administers rules for proper spill procedures for certain ASTs, and the CRMC manages rules for vessel-to-vessel transfers of oil. See the state section ABOVEGROUND STORAGE TANKS

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