Highlights & Happenings

The Office of External Affairs strives to effectively communicate regulatory and/or programmatic changes within the Department that may impact our key stakeholders. As representatives of the Department in the field, we also directly engage with emerging issues and other hot topics in the environmental regulatory or resource conservation world. This section is intended to serve as a repository for information on emerging issues and regulatory changes.

Highlights

The Office of External Affairs seeks opportunities to highlight how the Department and our staff go above and beyond to offer superior service, work with partner organizations to achieve synergistic results, and devise solutions to complex problems for communities and/or industries.

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Remediation: Brownfield Success Stories

These successful projects embody the Division of Remediation's efforts to restore Tennessee's environment and protect human health across the state.

 
 

Water Resources: TNPOP Success Stories

Case studies from Tennessee water and wastewater treatment plants and systems that participated in the Energy Efficiency Partnership and/or the Nutrient Optimization Program (TNPOP) through TDEC and provides a baseline for the kinds of results that your system could achieve by pursuing plant optimization.

Solid Waste Mgt: Waste Tire Success Stories

Failing Septic System repaired with tire-derived aggregate (TDA) in 2016 pilot project.

Happenings

The Office of External Affairs strives to effectively communicate regulatory and/or programmatic changes within the Department that may impact our key stakeholders. As representatives of the Department in the field, we also directly engage with emerging issues and other hot topics in the environmental regulatory or resource conservation world. This section is intended to serve as a repository for information on emerging issues and regulatory changes.

While infrequent, regulatory changes have the potential to be disruptive to the regulated community. The Office of External Affairs wants to do our best to ensure you are aware of these changes and how they may affect you or your business. We will update this list quarterly.

November 2020: Bringing the rules administered by the Division of Radiological Health (Chapters 0400-20-04, 0400-20-10, and 0400-20-13) into compliance with changes that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has made to Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations 

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Hazardous Waste 

Effective April 11, 2022 - Pharmaceutical Rule – Rules specifically tailored for healthcare facilities (for both humans and animals) and reverse distributors of creditable pharmaceuticals. 

Effective June 3, 2021 - Universal Waste/Aerosols – Included Aerosols as a Universal Waste. 

Effective May 13, 2021 - Generator Improvement Rule – Amended existing hazardous waste rules to make them, in many cases, easier to comply with, and easier to understand. 

Solid Waste 

December 2019 Rule Package: 

Exemption for recovered material processing facilities (RMPF) from permit requirements to both encourage recycling, and ensure exempt facilities are operating as legitimate recycling operations.  

Addition of periodic engineering reports for landfills which will include surveys, capacity calculations, and leachate system performance.  

10-year renewal and recertification of closure/post-closure plans for landfills, including a narrative and cost estimates for the care of the landfill after the 30-year post closure period is over. 

New language that strengthens permit-by-rule authorizations. 

Attention: Effective July 01, 2021, Yearly Tank Fees Have Been Suspended For Five Years, Fund Coverage Has Been Expanded And There Is Now A Scaled Deductible.

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TDEC Annual Report

Since 2014, the Department has produced an Annual Report to record our impact and highlight key successes and changes. The Office of External Affairs leads the internal production team for the report. Contact tara.pedraza@tn.gov for questions, story ideas or to request a printed copy of the TDEC Annual report.