Rhode Island Underground Storage Tanks regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Rhode Island Underground Storage Tanks: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Underground storage tanks (USTs): Rhode Island Underground Storage Tank Financial Responsibility Act, Rhode Island General Laws (RI Gen. Laws) 46-12.1, and regulations at 250 Rhode Island Code of Regulations (RICR) 140-25-1.1 to 140-25-1.22

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Applicability: 250-RICR-140-25-1.4

Exemptions: 250-RICR-140-25-1.4

Registration: 250-RICR-140-25-1.7

Fees: 250-RICR-140-25-1.7(I) to 140-25-1.7(N)

Installation: 250-RICR-140-25-1.11

Leak detection: 250-RICR-140-25-1.10(F)

Operation and maintenance: 250-RICR-140-25-1.10

Delivery prohibition: 250-RICR-140-25-1.10(T)

Operator training: 250-RICR-140-25-1.10(U)

Closure: 250-RICR-140-25-1.15

Financial responsibility: Rhode Island UST Financial Responsibility Act, RI Gen. Laws 46-12.9-1 to 46-12.9-12, and regulations at 250-RICR-140-25-1.8

UST Financial Responsibility Fund: RI Gen. Laws 46-12.9-1 to 46-12.9-12 and regulations at 250-RICR-140-25-1.9

Professional licensing: 250-RICR-140-25-1.16

Regulatory Agencies

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Bureau of Environmental Protection Office of Waste Management UST Management Program

Rhode Island UST Financial Responsibility Fund Review Board (RIUST Review Board)

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. The Rhode Island underground storage tank (UST) program is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The state has adopted federal rules, with some additional stricter state requirements, including those for registration and fees; registration requirements for farm or residential tanks less than or equal to 1,100 gallons (gal) containing motor fuels for noncommercial use; registration requirements for tanks used for ...


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