Tennessee Oil Spill Response: What you need to know
Governing Law and Regulations
Tennessee Oil Spill Cleanup and Environmental Preservation Act of 1995 (TOSCEPA), Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA) 68-216-101 to 68-216-103
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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Oil spill response requirements in Tennessee generally follow the federal rules, with additional requirements for generators. There are spill provisions in the state's underground storage tank (UST) standards that follow federal rules and require immediate action to prevent any further release of petroleum into the environment. Tennessee also follows the federal rules for tank inventory control and monitoring to prevent and detect any suspected releases. See the state sections RELEASE NOTIFICATION and UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS for additional information. Some facilities that store oil may also be subject to Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations. See the national section SPILL PREVENTION—SPCC PLAN for more information.
As an incentive to reduce oil spills, Tennessee awards grants, subsidies, or loans to municipalities and counties to establish and operate used oil collection centers. See the state section USED OIL MANAGEMENT.
• Administration and enforcement. Tennessee's petroleum spill rules are administered by TDEC's Division of Underground Storage Tanks. Some local agencies also have authority to facilitate first response activities.