Governing Law and Regulations
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Bureau of Environmental Protection Office of Compliance and Inspection Waste 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 has adopted the federal rules for hazardous waste tanks. The federal air emissions standards for hazardous waste tanks are in effect in Rhode Island. In addition, owners and operators of treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs) that use tanks for hazardous waste storage or treatment must comply with additional permit application requirements and pay several state permit and facility fees. The state's more stringent permit standards and fees are reviewed in the state section TSDF PERMITS.
• Administration and enforcement. DEM's Office of Compliance and Inspection administers and enforces the rules for hazardous waste tanks in Rhode Island. EPA's Region 1 office administers and enforces the federal organic air emissions standards in the state.