Governing Law and Regulations
Tennessee Water Quality Control Act of 1977, Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA) 69-3-101 to 69-3-137
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits: Rules and Regulations of the State of Tennessee (Rule) 0400-40-10-.01 to 0400-40-10-.03
State Strategy: TCA 69-3-108
Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO) permitting requirements: Rule 0400-40-05-.14
Right-to-Farm Act, TCA 43-26-101 to 43-26-104
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Division of Water Resources
Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA)
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 is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program for wastewater discharges from a point source. Identical to federal rules, the state includes concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) in its definition of point source under the Tennessee Water Quality Control Act of 1977.
In Tennessee, any individual who operates a CAFO must have a Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC)-issued CAFO NPDES general permit. Individuals who operate a Class I CAFO may need to apply for an individual NPDES permit. See the state section NPDES PERMIT for more information on obtaining an individual NPDES permit.
• Administration and enforcement. TDEC's Division of Resources and the TDA share responsibility for administering and enforcing the NPDES permit program for CAFOs in Tennessee.