Tennessee Hazardous Waste - General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Tennessee Hazardous Waste - General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste management law and rules: Hazardous Waste Management Act of 1977, Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA) 68-212-101 to 68-212-121; Hazardous Waste Management Act of 1983, TCA 68-212-201 to 68-212-227; Hazardous Waste Reduction Act of 1990, TCA 68-212-301 to 68-212-312; and regulations at Rules and Regulations of the State of Tennessee (Rule) 0400-12-01 and Rule 0400-12-02

Regulatory Agencies
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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

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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.

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