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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Tennessee follows the federal hazardous waste container requirements, including the empty container rules and the organic air emissions standards. Unlike the federal rules, it requires conditionally exempt small quantity generators (CESQGs) to follow specific requirements for managing containers with hazardous waste liquids.
In addition, Tennessee requires owners and operators of hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs) using containers to pay various permit fees as well as an annual facility maintenance fee. For a review of these fees, see the state section TSDF PERMITS.
• Administration and enforcement. The state's container requirements are administered and enforced by TDEC's Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste Management.