Tennessee Brownfields regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Tennessee Brownfields: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Tennessee Hazardous Waste Management Act of 1983: Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA) 68-212-201 to 68-212-226

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Inactive hazardous substance site remedial action program: Tennessee Rules (Rule) 0400-15-01-.01 to 0400-15-01-.13

Voluntary Cleanup Oversight and Assistance Program (VOAP): TCA 68-212-224

Fee: TCA 68-212-224(b)

Public participation: TCA 68-212-224(a)(3)

Apportionment of liability: TCA 68-212-224(a)(2)

No further action letter: TCA 68-212-224(g)

Regulatory Agencies

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Division of Remediation

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's VOAP was established within TDEC's Division of Superfund by the Hazardous Waste Management Act of 1983 as amended May 9, 1994. The VOAP allows parties to conduct an investigation and, if necessary, a cleanup of an inactive hazardous substance site. It also offers relief from liability under all environmental statutes that is transferable to successors in title.

Tennessee has its own Superfund, known as the Hazardous Waste Remedial Action Fund. The state's Superfund regulations are called the Inactive Hazardous Substance Site Remedial Action Program. For a discussion of Tennessee's Superfund program, see the state section SUPERFUND.

Administration and enforcement. TDEC's Division of Remediation administers and enforces the VOAP in Tennessee.

State Requirements


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