Tennessee Adopts Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule


On November 28, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a rule that finalizes a much-needed update to the hazardous waste generator regulations to make the rules easier to understand, facilitate better compliance, provide greater flexibility in how hazardous waste is managed, and close important gaps in the regulations.

Clean Earth is tracking the latest Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule (HWGIR) rulemaking updates for the states to show when and where the rule is effective, as well as interim steps such as public comment periods. 

In Tennessee, the rule has been adopted and will go into effect on May 13, 2021. Maryland is expected to put the final rule into effect in late spring or early summer 2021.

Anticipated Rulemaking after July 1, 2021

  • Connecticut: Currently drafting rule with intent to adopt portions of it. Public comment in spring 2021 with rule expected to be partially adopted in summer 2021.
  • Washington, D.C.: Drafting the rule has been put on hold (adopting by reference).
  • Missouri: Currently drafting rule.
  • Montana: Final rule effective on October 1, 2021. Stakeholder Meetings in spring 2021 and public hearing and comment period in summer 2021.
  • New York: Currently drafting rule (FedReg6). Written comments accepted until further notice and formal public comment period in spring 2021.
  • Texas: Currently drafting rule (RCRA Rule Project 2: 2019-086-335-WS). Public comment in spring 2021 with the rule expected to go into effect in mid-to-late 2021.
  • Vermont: Currently drafting rule. Public comment in spring 2021 with rule expected to be adopted in summer 2021.

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