Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Hazardous Waste Program
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4
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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Tennessee adopts by reference the federal listed wastes rules and list of hazardous wastes under 40 CFR 261. 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 than is the case under the federal program. See the state section HAZWASTE DETERMINATION (CLASSIFICATION) for additional information.
Generators must identify their hazardous waste by determining whether it is a listed waste or exhibits a hazardous waste characteristic. Tennessee has adopted by reference the federal regulations that contain the criteria for identifying hazardous waste by the characteristics of ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, and toxicity. See the national section CHARACTERISTIC WASTE for more information.
EPA provides an exclusion or delisting procedure, allowing persons to demonstrate that a specific waste from a particular generating facility should not be regulated as a hazardous waste. Although Tennessee has received EPA authorization to ...