Rhode Island Aboveground Storage Tanks regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Rhode Island Aboveground Storage Tanks: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Aboveground storage tanks (ASTs): Rhode Island General Laws (R.I. Gen. Law) 23-28.22-1 et seq. and regulations at Rhode Island Rules and Regulations (RI Rule) 12.190.027-10

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Applicability: RI Rule 12.190.027-10(a)

Overfill prevention: RI Rule 12.190.027-10(b)

Secondary containment: RI Rule 12.190.027-10(c)

Facilities inspection: RI Rule 12.190.027-10(d)

Monitoring systems: RI Rule 12.190.027-10(i)(6)

Reporting requirements: RI Rule 12.190.027-10(h)(3)

Regulatory Agencies

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM)

Rhode Island State Fire Marshal's Office

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Rhode Island has adopted extensive oil pollution control regulations that apply to all aboveground storage tank (AST) facilities with a combined total storage capacity of over 500 gallons (gal). See the state sections OIL SPILLS and RELEASE NOTIFICATION for additional information.

Rhode Island has its own spill prevention rules specifically for vessel-to-vessel oil transfers, and for ASTs, and these rules are stricter than the federal Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan 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 PLAN for plan requirements.

The Rhode Island AST program has adopted National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Code 30 and NFPA Code 30A. A permit is required from the state fire marshal for any AST that stores liquid natural gas, liquid petroleum gas, or ...


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Rhode Island Aboveground Storage Tanks Resources

Type Title
Checklists Tank In-Service Inspection Checklist
Forms UST/AST Registration
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