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On December 29, 2019, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) published final rule amendments to the Rhode Island Code of Regulations (RICRs) related to control of volatile organic compounds (VOCs):

  • 250-RICR-120-05-0: General Definitions Regulation
  • 250-RICR-120-05-31: Control of Volatile Organic Compounds from Consumer Products
  • 250-RICR-120-05-33: Control of VOC from Architectural Coatings and Industrial Maintenance Coatings

The final rules went into effect January 16, 2020. The changes are as follows:

  • General: The addition of three chemicals to the exempt VOC list in order to be consistent with the federal definition
  • Consumer Products: Clarification on compliance dates, addition of a sell-through period, and banning the use of methylene chloride in consumer paint and coating removal products
  • Coatings and Industrial Maintenance Coatings:The addition of a VOC standard for fire-resistive coatings that is effective after January 1, 2020, and is equivalent to the standard that was effective until January 1, 2020

Additional details regarding the updated regulations can be found on the DEM website, under each of the individual parts. For more information on the updated regulations, please contact Trinity's Boston office at (508) 273-8600.