Tennessee Release Notification: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste generators: Rules and Regulations of the State of Tennessee (Rule) 0400-12-01-.03

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Treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs): Rule 0400-12-01-.05

Underground storage tank (UST) releases: Rule 0400-18-01-.05

Air emissions: Rule 1200-3-20-.03

Regulatory Agencies

Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA)

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Division of Underground Storage Tanks

TDEC Division of Air Pollution Control

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Tennessee follows federal release notification requirements for hazardous substances and has adopted more stringent state requirements. For federal requirements, see the national section RELEASE NOTIFICATION.

The state requires generators to notify the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) of any release, fire, or explosion that could threaten human health or the environment outside the facility regardless of amount. All emergencies are reported to state and local authorities.

Used oil generators are subject to the federal Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures plan requirements. See the national section SPILL PREVENTION—SPCC PLAN for more information.

Administration and enforcement. TEMA implements the release notification requirements in the state. Release reporting rules for USTs and excess air emissions are implemented by the TDEC.

State Requirements


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