Governing Law and Regulations
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Bureau of Environmental Protection Office of Compliance and Inspection
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 a specific real estate transfer disclosure law, as well as various standards concerning hazardous and solid waste that are outlined in the event that a property changes ownership. Rhode Island follows the federal rules requiring hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facility (TSDF) owners and operators to record, in the appropriate land records, certain information about the facility when it is closed. See the national section PROPERTY TRANSFER for more information.
The state's site remediation regulations require the owner or purchaser of land to enter an environmental land usage restriction (ELUR) with he Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) if the remediation process leaves in place hazardous substances above levels that are protective to health. Rhode Island's regulations also require DEM to be notified before the change of ownership or sale of solid waste management ...