Tennessee Medical Waste regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Tennessee Medical Waste: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Medical waste/solid waste disposal: Rules and Regulations of the State of Tennessee (Rule) 0400-11-01-.01 and Rule 400-11-01-.04

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Definitions: Rule 0400-11-01-.01 and Rule 0400-11-01-.04

Approval for disposal: Rule 0400-11-01-.01(4)(c)(1) to 0400-11-01-.01(4)(c)(2)

Recertification: Rule 0400-11-01-.01(4)(c) and Rule 0400-11-01-.01(4)(d)

Fees: Rule 0400-11-01-.07(2)

Medical waste management: Rule 0400-11-01-.04(2)(k)(4)

Variances and waivers: Rule 0400-11-01-.01(5)

Regulatory Agencies

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

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 has established solid waste regulations for the management of medical waste, considered a "special waste" in the state. The disposal of medical waste in Tennessee requires prior approval from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and packaging that meets state standards.

The TDEC has not established regulations for existing hospital/medical/ infectious waste incinerators (HMIWIs) because the state has received approval from the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of a negative declaration confirming that no applicable sources are sited within TDEC's jurisdiction. However, the TDEC still maintains preexisting state regulations for infectious waste incinerators. In addition, the Knox County Department of Air Pollution Control and the Metropolitan Health Department of Nashville and Davidson County Air Pollution Control Division have also received negative declarations ...


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Governing Law and Regulations
Regulatory Agencies
Comparison: State vs. Federal
State Requirements