Governing Law and Regulations
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Office of Waste Management
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. In addition to federal regulations for handling, marking, treating, storing, and disposing of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and PCB items, Rhode Island requires that anyone seeking permission to burn alternative fuels containing less than 50 parts per million (ppm) of PCBs must follow federal rules and state rules for hazardous waste generation, transportation, treatment, storage and disposal. See the state sections HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL and HAZARDOUS WASTE STORAGE for more information.
• Administration and enforcement. The EPA is responsible for enforcing the PCB regulations under the federal Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA). The DEM administers and enforces state rules for PCB hazardous waste disposal in Rhode Island.
State PCB Requirements
SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL
RI Rule 12.030.021-1.7.04
Bulky wastes, including, but not limited to, clothes washers and dryers, stoves, refrigerators, freezers, microwave ovens, dishwashers, air conditioners, fluorescent lighting fixtures, and computer parts potentially containing PCB capacitors, must meet the following requirements for disposal at all solid waste management facilities: