Tennessee Leak Detection regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Tennessee Leak Detection: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Air emissions: Rules and Regulations of the State of Tennessee (Rule) 1200-03-18-.27, Rule 1200-03-18-.30, and Rule 1200-03-18-.38

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Underground storage tanks (USTs): Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA) 68-215-107 and Rule 0400-18-01-.04

Regulatory Agency

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. An effective leak detection program establishes standards, including system design, for preventing spills, releases, and unnecessary contamination. Tennessee's leak detection requirements include rules for air emissions sources and underground storage tanks (USTs). See the state section RELEASE NOTIFICATION to review Tennessee's leak response and reporting requirements.

Tennessee generally follows the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's federal leak detection rules for containers, hazardous waste storage tanks, landfills, and surface impoundments. See the national section LEAK DETECTION for a review of general and federal leak detection requirements.

See the state section SPILL PREVENTION—SPCC PLAN for plan requirements including provisions for monitoring leaks and other releases.

Administration and enforcement. TDEC administers and enforces the leak detection rules in Tennessee.

State Requirements


Rule 1200-03-18-.27, Rule 1200-03-18-.30, and Rule 1200-03-18-.38

TDEC has developed regulations for preventing fugitive volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from equipment and piping component leaks from specific sources by implementing leak detection and repair programs. See the state ...

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