Governing Law and Regulations
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Office of Water Resources
Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC)
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 is authorized by EPA to administer the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program, known as RIPDES in the state. This general permit authority includes industrial, municipal, agricultural, aquaculture, and stormwater discharges. See the state section STORMWATER DISCHARGE PERMITS and the state section AG WASTE for additional information.
Certain industrial discharges may also be covered under the state's Groundwater Protection Program. See the state section GROUNDWATER for additional information.
The state is fully authorized to administer the NPDES pretreatment program. In the event that a direct discharge is not appropriate, pretreatment standards are implemented as part of the discharge permit. Publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) develop pretreatment programs and standards, with guidance and ...