Governing Law and Regulations
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Bureau of Environmental Protection Office of Compliance and Inspection Waste Management Program
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Rhode Island adopts by reference the federal closure and post-closure rules for hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs) and adds some additional requirements in connection with financial mechanisms covering more than one facility and trust funds.
In addition to complying with the general closure and post-closure standards, owners or operators of the various types of TSDFs have to meet closure and post-closure standards specific to their facility types. Rhode Island follows the federal rules specific to facilities using containers, hazardous waste storage tanks, hazardous waste landfills, land treatment units, and surface impoundments.
• Administration and enforcement. DEM's Office of Compliance and Inspection administers and enforces the closure and post-closure rules in Rhode Island.