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Implementation of Tennessee's hazardous waste program began in October 1980. Regulation of hazardous waste is also a federal responsibility under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Tennessee has been authorized by EPA to administer the majority of the federal program and receives a grant in support of this effort. Other funding for this program is obtained through a fee collection system.
The coordinated state and federal program regulates activities such as:
the permitting and inspection of hazardous waste storage, recycling, treatment, and disposal facilities
the management of hazardous waste from generators (primarily manufacturing industry) through the required Waste Stream Notifications, Annual Reports, and Waste Reduction Reports
the annual registration of hazardous waste transporters
the regulation of used oil