Governing Law and Regulations
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.
Rule 0400-12-01-.08 and Rule 0400-12-02-.01 to 0400-12-02-.03