§ 23-24.3-4. Powers and duties of the director.
(a) The director shall have the authority to designate any sewerage system cleaner a restricted chemical material if he or she shall after investigation determine that its usage as a sewerage system cleaner may render groundwater unusable for drinking water purposes without physical, chemical, or biological treatment or may have a dangerous, deleterious, or injurious effect on the environment or health and welfare of the citizens of this state.
(b) Prior to designating a sewerage system cleaner a restricted chemical material, the director shall:
(1) Provide written notification to the manufacturer or manufacturers of the sewerage system cleaners of the director's intent to make that designation;
(2) Hold a public hearing at which the manufacturer or manufacturers of the sewerage system cleaner, the state of Rhode Island, and any other interested persons shall be given the right to be heard and present evidence, if within twenty (20) days after receipt of the written notification a manufacturer requests in writing a hearing; and
(3) Issue findings of fact based on the evidence presented at the hearing or his or her investigation.
(c) The director shall have the authority to require manufacturers, distributors, or retailers of sewerage system cleaners sold or offered for sale in this state to furnish to the director information regarding the chemical composition of that sewerage system cleaner and the nature and extent of investigations and research performed by the manufacturer concerning the effects of that sewerage system cleaner or groundwater systems. A manufacturer, distributor, or retailer may comply with these requirements of the director by furnishing to the director copies of the information which are applicable to the director's requirements and which have previously been submitted to federal or state agencies. The director shall keep confidential any information obtained pursuant to this section when requested by a manufacturer that shows that the information, if made public, would divulge competitive business information, methods, or processes entitled to protection as trade secrets.
(d) The director shall have the authority to issue orders to all persons engaged in the manufacture, distribution, or sale of sewerage system cleaners to carry out the provisions of this chapter including, but not limited to, ordering the recall of sewerage system cleaners being offered for sale in this state.
(e) The director shall have the authority to promulgate regulations to enforce the provisions of this chapter.
(P.L. 1982, ch. 358, § 1; P.L. 1983, ch. 293, § 1.)