Governing Law and Regulations
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Hazardous Waste Program
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 hazardous waste management rules include the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) rules and several more stringent state requirements. The state's more stringent rules apply to hazardous waste generators; transporters; owners and operators of treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs); handlers of universal wastes; and handlers of used oil.
• Administration and enforcement. Tennessee has received RCRA authorization from EPA. RCRA authorization allows TDEC's Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste Management to administer and enforce the state's hazardous waste management rules.
To receive RCRA authorization from EPA, a state's hazardous waste management rules must be at least as stringent as, and consistent with, the federal hazardous waste RCRA rules at the time of authorization. To maintain federal authorization, TDEC must adopt EPA's latest RCRA rules, or adopt more stringent state standards.