Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Tennessee has adopted the federal delisting rules. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides an exclusion (delisting) procedure, allowing persons to demonstrate that a listed waste from a particular generating facility should not be regulated as a hazardous waste. The EPA encourages people to contact the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) before filing a petition with EPA Region 4. For further information, see the national section DELISTING PETITIONS.
Tennessee has adopted by reference the federal lists of hazardous wastes. See the national section LISTED WASTES for more information.
If a waste cannot be identified in one of the federal hazardous waste lists, it still might be hazardous because it exhibits one or more characteristics of hazardous waste—ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, or toxicity. See the national section CHARACTERISTIC WASTE for additional information.
The Tennessee regulations for identifying hazardous waste follow the federal regulations, but are stricter than their federal counterparts in that the state has not adopted in full, but rather limited, several of the federal exemptions. Consequently, the state considers more wastes to be hazardous waste ...