Governing Law and Regulations
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Division of Water Resources
TDEC Division of Groundwater Protection (DGWP)
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 fully authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the federal Pretreatment Program for industrial discharges to publicly owned treatment works (POTWs). Some standards, such as those for pass-throughs, are more stringent than the federal standards. Contact the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's (TDEC) for information on specific pretreatment standards for your facility. See the national section PRETREATMENT STANDARDS for additional guidance.
• Administration and enforcement. TDEC's Division of Water Resources is charged with enforcing the state's pretreatment regulations. The DGWP has responsibility for administering the state permit program for septic tank pumping contractors.