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State Regulations: Tennessee

State of Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) protects the quality of Tennessee's air, land, and water, and preserves, conserves, and promotes Tennessee's natural and cultural resources. The Tennessee Board of Water Quality, Oil and Gas manages water quality and regulates all oil and gas operations except underground injection control (UIC). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 regulates and administers Class II underground injection control (UIC) programs in Tennessee in direct implementation.

Contact

Department of Environment and Conservation
401 Church Street
Nashville, TN 37243
(888) 891-8332 (phone)

Tennessee Board of Water Quality, Oil and Gas
c/o Geology Division
Department of Environment and Conservation
401 Church Street
13th Floor, L & C Tower
Nashville, TN 37243-0445
(615) 532-0166 (phone)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4
Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center
61 Forsyth Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 562-9900 (phone)
(800) 241-1754 (phone)

Disposal Practices and Applicable Regulations

The rules of the State Oil and Gas Board are found in Chapter 1040 of the Tennessee Rules and Regulations. In addition, Chapter 1200 of the Tennessee Rules and Regulations contains the rules of the Tennessee Department of Health and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation with respect to the protection of human health and the environment.

  • Subsurface Injection. Tennessee has no statutes, regulations, or policies that specifically address slurry injection, subfracture injection, and annular injection of drill cuttings and drilling muds. Historically, EPA Region 4 has allowed at least one operator to dispose of drilling waste down the annulus of a producing well on a one-time basis in neighboring Kentucky. The EPA conditioned the approval on a verification that the injection pressure did not exceed the pressure naturally furnished by the hydrostatic head. (The state does not issue duplicate UIC permits.)


  • Other potentially applicable regulations include those governing solid and hazardous waste management and groundwater protection.