Tennessee Water - General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Tennessee Water - General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Tennessee Water Quality Control Act, Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA) 69-3-101 to 69-3-137

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Tennessee Safe Drinking Water Act of 1983, TCA 68-221-701 to 68-221-720


National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits: Rules and Regulations of the State of Tennessee (Rule) 0400-40-10-.01 to 0400-40-10-.03

Interbasin transfer permit: Rule 0400-40-13-.01 to 0400-40-13-.11

Section 401 certification: Rule 0400-40-07-.04(3)

Aquatic resource alteration permits (ARAPs): Rule 0400-40-07-.01 to 0400-40-07-.04

Underground injection control (UIC) permit: Rule 0400-45-06-.01 to 0400-45-06-.19

Septic system construction permit: TCA 68-221-401

Domestic septage disposal site permit: Rule 0400-48-01-.20

Drinking water: Rule 0400-45-01-.01 to 0400-45-01-.40

Licenses and certifications:

Wastewater treatment: Rule 0400-49-01-.01 to 0400-49-01-.12

Septic tank pumper contractor license: Rule 0400-48-01-.19

Water well driller or installer license: Rule 0400-45-09-.06

Regulatory Agencies

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

TDEC Division of Groundwater Protection

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps)

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 developed a water pollution permit scheme that follows the federal regulations. The state is fully authorized by the federal government to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program for wastewater dischargers, as well as the federal pretreatment program for industrial discharges to publicly ...

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