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RI FY 2020 Budget and DEM Environmental Protection


January 21, 2019

A message from DEM to ECRI, received Thursday, January 17, 2019

Good afternoon:
Governor Raimondo submitted her budget for State fiscal year 2020 this afternoon.  Within that budget, there is a proposal to add three additional positions to the Bureau of Environmental Protection to complement our existing efforts to effectively regulate land development projects.  With the improvements in our State economy, the level of permitting and field activities related to land development has increased.  The three positions proposed in the budget will be established to provide better oversight, compliance monitoring and enforcement; more effective and timely permitting; and additional technical assistance for applicants.
The positions will be funded through an increase in the oil spill response and prevention fee assessed on the import of petroleum into our marine terminals.  This is the first increase in that fee since it was established in 1996.  To effectively support some of the most active areas of land development in Rhode Island, program support for storm water regulation and brownfields remediation and redevelopment will be added as eligible uses of these funds.
I would be happy to answer any questions or provide further information on this if you’d like.  We look forward to your support on this very important proposal.
Thank you.
Terry Gray
Terrence D. Gray, P.E.
Deputy Director for Environmental Protection
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
(401) 222-4700 extension 7100




The Environment Council of Rhode Island is a coalition of more than 60 Rhode Island organizations, as well as individuals, whose mission is to serve as an effective voice for developing and advocating policies and laws
that protect and enhance the environment.
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