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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 ...