Rhode Island

Current Regulations: Federal RFG is required throughout the state, summer and winter.

Effective on June 14, 2006 without the Governor's signature, H 7900/S 2992 require gasoline to meet ASTM D 4814 (replacing ASTM D 439).

Signed by the Governor on July 6, 2005, H 6117, as amended, bans MTBE and other ether oxygenates, >0.5 vol%, in gasoline, effective 6/1/07. See Chapter 181 and General Laws of RI, Chapter 31-37-7.1.

In a letter dated 10/31/12, EPA issued a waiver to allow conventional gasoline and to relax commingling restrictions through 11/20/12 because of Hurricane Sandy.

Enacted 7/11/13 (Chapter 221), H 5802A requires not less than 2% biobased product (i.e., biodiesel) in heating oil by 7/1/14, 3% by 7/1/15, 4% by 7/1/16, and 5% by 7/1/17.

RI amended Air Pollution Control Regulation No. 8: distillate fuel oil sulfur 500 ppm by 7/1/14 and 15 ppm by 7/1/18. EPA approved these regulations in the RI SIP at 80 FR 60541 (10/7/15). 

In a multi-state letter dated 8/31/17, to address a fuel supply emergency caused by Hurricane Harvey, EPA waived RFG requirements and allowed 11.5 psi RVP gasoline throughout the state through September 15.  In a multi-state letter dated 9/7/17, EPA extended the RFG waiver through September 26.  

Proposed State Actions: The Director of the RI Department of Environmental Management and representatives of ten other states signed a Letter of Intent, dated 12/31/08, to analyze low carbon fuel supply options and develop a framework for a regional Low Carbon Fuel Standard in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic region. Governor Carcieri and the governors of 10 NE/MA states signed a Memorandum of Understanding dated 12/30/09 for the development of a regional LCFS. 

    Last updated September 2017