Governing Law and Regulations
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
Tennessee Department of Safety Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division
TDEC Division of Radiological Health (DRH)
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 has adopted the federal hazardous materials transportation regulations. See the national section HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TRANSPORTERS and the national section IMPORTS AND EXPORTS OF CHEMICALS for a summary of federal requirements. In addition, a security plan may be required by hazardous materials transporters. The plan must include an assessment of possible transportation security risks for hazmat shipments. See the national section SECURITY for more information.
Internationally, a number of countries have developed or are developing laws with restrictions on the import of hazardous substances and electronic equipment that contains certain hazardous chemicals. See the national sections EXPORTS AND IMPORTS OF HAZARDOUS WASTE and IMPORTS AND EXPORTS OF CHEMICALS for more information concerning these international directives. In addition, a growing number of states are regulating how products that contain certain hazardous chemicals being imported into their states must be labeled.
Certain states have implemented legislation aimed at reducing mercury in the environment by banning specific products ...