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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Tennessee generally follows the federal guidelines for effluent limitations. See the national section EFFLUENT LIMITATIONS for a summary of the federal requirements.
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) is fully authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program for point source discharges in Tennessee. The NPDES permits include specific technology-based and water-quality-based effluent limitations and requirements to ensure that the state's water quality standards are achieved. For additional information about Tennessee's wastewater discharge requirements, see the state section NPDES PERMIT.
• Administration and enforcement. TDEC's Division of Water Resources is responsible for enforcing effluent limitation regulations in Tennessee.