Tennessee Effluent Limitations regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Tennessee Effluent Limitations: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

General water quality criteria: Rules and Regulations of the State of Tennessee (Rule) 0400-40-03-.01 to 0400-40-03-.12

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Surface water classifications: Rule 0400-40-04-.01 to 0400-40-04-.14

Effluent limitations: Rule 0400-40-05-.01 to 0400-40-05-.14

Technology-based limitations: Rule 0400-40-05-.09

Water-quality-based limitations: Rule 0400-40-05-.10

Regulatory Agencies

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Division of Water Resources

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 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.

State Requirements


Rule 0400-40-04-.01 to 0400-40-04-.14

The state has established water use classifications for various surface waters in ...

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