The enforcing officer shall be responsible for administering local ordinances adopted pursuant to this chapter. In addition to any other powers granted the enforcing officer by ordinance or other state law, the officer shall have the authority to:

Terms Used In Rhode Island General Laws 46-12.1-3

  • Abandoned: means the relinquishment or termination of possession, ownership, or control of underground storage tanks, by vacating or by disposition, or the underground storage tank being out of service for a continuous period in excess of six (6) months. See Rhode Island General Laws 46-12.1-2
  • Enforcing officer: means the chief of the fire department, the building official, the public safety director, the public utilities director or the public works director of the several cities, towns and fire districts, as may be designated in any ordinance adopted under this chapter, or his or her designee. See Rhode Island General Laws 46-12.1-2
  • Underground: means that ten percent (10%) or more of the volume of facility components storage tanks and piping is buried in the ground. See Rhode Island General Laws 46-12.1-2

(1) Issue permits for the maintenance, installation, abandonment, and removal of underground storage tanks;

(2) Require the removal, at the owner’s expense, of all tanks and underground pipes deemed to pose a threat to the public health or the environment;

(3) Require testing, monitoring, record keeping, and reporting by the owner or operator, and record keeping and reporting by suppliers;

(4) Inspect facilities at which underground storage tanks are located;

(5) Require closure of abandoned storage tanks consistent with the permanent closure procedures in the regulations for underground storage facilities used for petroleum products and hazardous materials issued by the department of environmental management.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1985, ch. 488, § 1; P.L. 2001, ch. 311, § 1; P.L. 2001, ch. 363, § 1.)