Governing Law and Regulations
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Bureau of Environmental Protection Office of Compliance and Inspection Waste Management Program
DEM Division of Site Remediation
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 by reference the federal corrective action requirements for hazardous and solid (nonhazardous) waste management units at treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs), The state rules also include the federal 2002 rules for corrective action management units (CAMUs), temporary units (TUs), and staging piles, including the federal provision that allows placement of CAMU-eligible wastes in off-site hazardous waste landfills. In addition, the state has established regulations for RBCA of hazardous materials releases.
• Administration and enforcement. DEM's Office of Compliance and Inspection administers and enforces the corrective action rules in Rhode Island. DEM's Division of Site Remediation administers and enforces the state rules for RBCA.
RI Rule 12.180.001
RBCA is a process by which the cleanup of contaminated sites is based on the actual risks they pose rather than applying one set of cleanup standards at all sites. Originally designed by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) to address ...