Rhode Island Hazardous Waste - General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Rhode Island Hazardous Waste - General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Rhode Island Hazardous Waste Management Act of 1978, Rhode Island General Laws (RI Gen. Laws) 23-19.1-1 to 23-19.1-36

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Hazardous Waste Reduction, Recycling and Treatment Research and Demonstration Act of 1986, RI Gen. Laws 23-19.10-1 to 23-19.10-11

Hazardous Waste Management Facilities Act, RI Gen. Laws 23-19.7-1 to 23-19.7-15

Hazardous Waste Cleanup Good Samaritan Act, RI Gen. Laws 23-19.8-1 to 23-19.8-6

Used Oil Recycling Act, RI Gen. Laws 23-19.6-1 to 23-19.6-9 and regulations at Rhode Island Rules and Regulations 12.030.003-1.0 to 12.030.003-17.0 and Appendices

Regulatory Agencies

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

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

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Rhode Island's hazardous waste management rules include the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) rules and several stringent state requirements. The state's additional rules apply to hazardous waste generators, transporters, owners and operators of hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDF), handlers of universal wastes, and handlers of used oil.

Administration and enforcement. Rhode Island has received RCRA authorization from the EPA. RCRA authorization allows the Office of Waste Management of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) to administer and enforce the state's hazardous waste management rules for generators.

To receive RCRA authorization from the EPA, a ...

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