Tennessee Underground Storage Tanks regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Tennessee Underground Storage Tanks: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Tennessee Petroleum Underground Storage Tank (UST) Act: Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA) 68-215-101 to 68-215-204 and Rules and Regulations of the State of Tennessee (Rule) 0400-18-01

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Applicability: Rule 0400-18-01-.01

Notification: Rule 0400-18-01-.02 and Rule 0400-18-01-.03

Annual fee: Rule 0400-18-01-.10

Installation: Rule 0400-18-01-.02(1) and Rule 0400-18-01-.03

Secondary containment: Rule 0400-18-01-.01(1)(c) and Rule 0400-18-01-.02(2)

Spill and overfill prevention: Rule 0400-18-01-.02(3)

Release detection: Rule 0400-18-01-.04

Repairs: Rule 0400-18-01-.02(7)

Walk-through inspections: Rule 0400-18-01-.02(8)

Delivery prohibition: Rule 0400-18-01-.10(6) and Rule 0400-18-01-.15

Operator training: Rule 0400-18-01-.16

Release reporting: Rule 0400-18-01-.05 and Rule 0400-18-01-.06

Closure: Rule 0400-18-01-.07

Financial responsibility: Rule 0400-18-01-.08

UST Fund: Rule 0400-18-01-.09

Applicability: Rule 0400-18-01-.09(2)

Fund eligibility: Rule 0400-18-01-.09(3)

Fund coverage: Rule 0400-18-01-.09(10)

Regulatory Agencies

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Division of Underground Storage Tanks

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4

Local Fire Departments

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Tennessee received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1999 to operate its underground storage tank (UST) program for petroleum tanks. For nonpetroleum tanks, operators must comply with the federal rules. State rules follow federal regulations as revised in 2015, with additional provisions for notification, installation, secondary containment, delivery prohibition, fees, operator training, ...

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