PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ The state says it will save Rhode Island businesses a total of $400,000 a year starting next year by rolling back fees for registering hazardous substances.
The state Department of Labor and Training said Tuesday that, as of Jan. 1, businesses will no longer be assessed a $42 fee for registering their hazardous substances. They will still have to register the substances.
The change is expected to affect more than 10,000 businesses.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee called the fee rollback the latest in a series of initiatives designed to improve the business climate.
The state earlier changed its fee structure for low-pressure boiler inspections, saving businesses more than $400,000 in annual fees. A DLT spokeswoman says the fees add up and the state is taking other steps to streamline regulations.