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Rhode Island Laws and Legal Documents

Citizens' Guides


Public Record


Laws 

  • Industrial Property Remediation and Reuse Act protects property owners from being sued should any contaminants be discovered on site after cleanup and redevelopment (unless the contamination occurs after the cleanup). The law provides for agreements to be made between DEM and purchasers in which purchasers agree to bring a contaminated property into compliance with the Remediation Regulations and DEM agrees not to sue those involved with an approved, performed cleanup.
  • Mill Reuse Bill allows for tax credits for the restoration of mill properties.

Regulations

  • On 24 February 2004 the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (the Department) enacted the amended Rules and Regulations for the Investigation and Remediation of Hazardous Material Releases (Remediation Regulations). The purpose of these regulations is to create an integrated program requiring reporting, investigation and remediation of contaminated sites in order to eliminate and/or control threats to human health and the environment in an efficient manner.

 Policies 


Model Documents 

  • Environmental Land Use Restriction (PDF or Word) is the legal document placed in land evidence records that restricts a property to certain uses that are consistent with the approved Remediation Action Work Plan.
  • Settlement Agreements and Convenants not to Sue (SACNTS) is a legal document that outlines each party's responsibilities in a remediation project and sets out the terms and conditions for liability protection.  In the agreement, DEM agrees not to sue the purchaser if the property is cleaned up according to the Remediation Regulations.  Two versions are provided. 

Applications / Forms

  • Targeted Brownfields Assessment Form is an application for municipalities, tribal entities and non-profit organizations to receive a fully funded site investigation. To obtain a copy of the application please email Cynthia Gianfrancesco at cindy.gianfrancesco@dem.ri.gov or call 222-4700 X7126.
  • Brownfields Economic Information Form is requested of Performing Parties when projects are completed to track the value of Brownfields redevelopment in the state.
  • Hazardous Material Release Notification Form is the form to be sent to DEM within 15 days of the discovery of contamination on a property.   Note that cases of imminent threats to human health or the environment should be reported by phone to the Office of Compliance and Inspection at 222-1360 between 8:30 AM and 4 PM or DEM Enforcement at 222-3070 during non-business hours.
last updated: 11/19/14


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