Tennessee Containers regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Tennessee Containers: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Container rules: Rules and Regulations of the State of Tennessee (Rule) 0400-12-01-.06(9) and Rule 0400-12-01-.05(9) (interim status)

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Empty container rules: 0400-12-01-.02(1)(g)

Organic air emissions rules for containers: Rule 0400-12-01-.06(30) to 0400-12-01-.06(32) and 0400-12-01-.05(27) to 0400-12-01-.05(29) (interim status)

Conditionally exempt small quantity generator (CESQG) containers: Rule 0400-12-01-.02(1)(e)7.(iv)

Regulatory Agency

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Hazardous Waste Program

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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.

State Requirements


Rule 0400-12-01-.02(1)(e)7.(iv)

In order for a CESQG in Tennessee to maintain its CESQG status, the generator must comply with the federal rules for CESQGs and additional state ...

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