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Public Notice

The State of Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has filed proposed changes and amendments to the "Rules and Regulations for Underground Storage Facilities Used for Regulated Substances and Hazardous Materials" and the repeal of the "UST Review Board Regulations" with the RI Secretary of State.


The public notice comment period for these changes is from August 3rd, 2018 to September 10th, 2018. DEM will be presenting a brief summary of these changes and hold a question and answer session on September 5th, 2018 from 9:00—10:00 AM in Room 300 at DEM headquarters immediately before the public hearing. The public hearing for these proposed changes will be in Room 300 at DEM Headquarters on September 5th, 2018 from 10:00 AM—11:00 AM located at 235 Promenade Street in Providence, Rhode Island.

All comments regarding the changes to these regulations must be received by 4:00 PM EST on September 10th, 2018 in order to be considered. Comments may be e-mailed to or by USPS to “UST Regulation Public Comments, Office of Waste Management, 235 Promenade Street, Providence, RI, 02908”

For additional information, Please contact Kevin Gillen at (401) 222-2797 x7116

The Office of Waste Management has two primary functions:

  • To oversee the investigation and remediation of contaminated sites and releases from leaking underground storage tanks.
  • To regulate and permit facilities that accept or transport solid, medical or hazardous waste or that store petroleum products in underground tanks.

These functions are divided into:

  1. Underground Storage Tank Management - Registration and Modification of Underground Storage Tank Systems (UST program), as well as, the clean-up of Leaking Underground Storage Tanks (LUST program). Aboveground Tank Registration
  3. Solid, Hazardous, and Medical Waste - Generation, transportation, treatment, recycling, and disposal of regulated wastes. Also, included are the closure of active and inactive landfills.
  5. Contaminated Site Cleanup - These programs include the investigation and remediation of sites contaminated with hazardous materials
    • Site Remediation Program - Investigation and remediation of sites contaminated with hazardous materials and petroleum, which includes the redevelopment and reuse of sites commonly known as Brownfields.
    • Superfund and Department of Defense Program - Includes Brownfields, Superfund, Department of Defense Clean-ups, and evaluation of sites on EPA's CERCLIS list for consideration of action under the Superfund Program.