Governing Law and Regulations
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Bureau of Environmental Protection Office of Water Resources and Office of Compliance and Inspection
DEM Division of Agriculture
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Rhode Island is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) wastewater discharge permit program, known as Rhode Island Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (RIPDES), including permits for discharges from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) determined on a case-by-case basis. The state follows the federal rules for NPDES permitting for CAFOs. Rhode Island issues RIPDES permits for aquatic animal production facilities and also requires state permits for swine garbage feeding operations.
• Administration and enforcement. DEM's Office of Water Resources administers the RIPDES wastewater discharge permit program, the DEM Office of Compliance and Inspection manages permits and activities related to air, waste, and water resources, and ...