Office of Land Revitalization and Sustainable Materials Management

Report on “Forever Chemicals” PFAS

This document is a result of The PFAS in Drinking Water, Groundwater, and Surface Waters Act, passed by the Rhode Island General Assembly and signed by Governor Dan McKee in June of 2022, which directed DEM to conduct a statewide investigation on potential sources of PFAS and publish a plan for a statewide source investigation by Nov. 1, 2023.

Office of Land Revitalization and Sustainable Materials Management

The 50th anniversary of Earth Day also marks the unveiling of a new name and refocused priorities for DEM’s Office of Waste Management. On April 22, 2020, the Office of Waste Management officially changed to Office of Land Revitalization and Sustainable Materials Management. As part of DEM’s Environmental Protection Bureau, the new name aims to showcase the Office’s goals to supports a healthier environment and accelerate economic growth and better encompasses the breadth of activities that the Office handles each day.

On the facility "permitting" side, staff manage a wide range of topics including underground storage tank (UST) facilities; hazardous, solid, and medical waste facilities, and all the recycling programs from electronics to food waste.

On the "remediation" side, program staff oversee Superfund clean ups, Department of Defense sites, remediation of brownfield sites, leaking UST’s, the State’s Brownfield Bond, landfill closures, and more.

Land Revitalization acknowledges the link between successful environmental cleanup and transforming a brownfield site into a reusable piece of property. Both are critical to success and most importantly improving the livability of RI’s communities.

Sustainable Materials Management emphasizes the recycle/reuse goals and zero waste concepts which are the ultimate aim of managing waste and materials.


  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
  2. Solid, Hazardous, and Medical Waste - Generation, transportation, treatment, recycling, and disposal of regulated wastes. Also, included are the closure of active and inactive landfills and Beneficial Use Determination (BUD) permits.
  3. 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.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, or sex in administration of its programs or activities, and, RIDEM does not intimidate or retaliate against any individual or group because they have exercised their rights to participate in actions protected, or oppose action prohibited, by 40 C.F.R. Parts 5 and 7, or for the purpose of interfering with such rights.

Tricia Quest, ADA Coordinator, is responsible for coordination of compliance efforts and receipt of inquiries concerning non-discrimination requirements implemented by 40 C.F.R. Parts 5 and 7 (Non-discrimination in Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Assistance from the Environmental Protection Agency), including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 13 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972 (thereinafter referred to collectively as the federal non-discrimination laws).

If you have any questions about this or any of RIDEM's non-discrimination programs, policies, or procedures, you may contact:

Tricia Quest, Esq., ADA Coordinator - RIDEM Office of Legal Services

235 Promenade Street, 4th Floor, Providence, RI 02908

401-222-6607 ext. 277-2408 or