Tennessee Pretreatment Standards regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Tennessee Pretreatment Standards: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Pretreatment laws: Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA) 69-3-123 to 69-3-129

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Pretreatment requirements overview: Rules and Regulations of the State of Tennessee (Rule) 0400-40-14-.01 to 0400-40-14-.18

Prohibited discharges: Rule 0400-40-14.05

Pretreatment programs: Rule 0400-40-14-.08

Program modifications: Rule 0400-40-14-.18

Domestic septage disposal: Rule 0400-48-01-.22

Septic tank pumping contractors: Rule 0400-48-01-.20

Regulatory Agencies

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

TDEC Division of Groundwater Protection (DGWP)

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 is fully authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the federal Pretreatment Program for industrial discharges to publicly owned treatment works (POTWs). Some standards, such as those for pass-throughs, are more stringent than the federal standards. Contact the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's (TDEC) for information on specific pretreatment standards for your facility. See the national section PRETREATMENT STANDARDS for additional guidance.

• Administration and enforcement. TDEC's Division of Water Resources is charged with enforcing the state's pretreatment regulations. The DGWP has responsibility for administering the state permit program for septic tank pumping contractors.

State Requirements


Rule 0400-40-14-.01 to 0400-40-14-.18

Tennessee has promulgated regulations that establish the responsibilities of the state, local government, ...

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