Tennessee Hazardous Waste Treatment regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Tennessee Hazardous Waste Treatment: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Operating rules for hazardous waste treatment facilities: Rules and Regulations of the State of Tennessee (Rule) 0400-12-01-.06 and Rule 0400-12-01-.05 (interim status)

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Thermal treatment rules: Rule 0400-12-01-.06(16) and Rule 0400-12-01-.05(16) (interim status)

Chemical, physical, and biological treatment rules: Rule 0400-12-01-.06(17) and Rule 0400-12-01-.05(17) (interim status)

Treatment facilities: Rule 0400-12-01-.08 and Rule 0400-12-02-.01 to 0400-12-02-.03

On-site treatment rules for generators: Rule 0400-12-01-.03(1)(g) and Rule 0400-12-01-.03(1)(h)

Regulatory Agency

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

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Tennessee has adopted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule, effective in Tennessee as of May 13, 2021, which includes standards that allow generators to treat hazardous waste on-site. The state follows the federal requirements for hazardous waste treatment facilities and requires owners and operators of “commercial” hazardous waste treatment facilities to comply with state permit application requirements that go beyond the federal requirements for treatment, storage, and disposal facility (TSDF) permits. Unlike under the federal rules, permitted treatment facilities in Tennessee must pay various fees.

Administration and enforcement. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Division of Solid Waste Management administers and enforces the state’s hazardous waste treatment requirements.

State Requirements


Rule 0400-12-01-.08 and Rule 0400-12-02-.01 to 0400-12-02-.03

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