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Enforcement Orders

Environment and Conservation takes fair and consistent enforcement actions to ensure compliance with Tennessee’s environmental laws and regulations in a manner that promotes the health and well being of the state’s citizens and protects its environment.

Complying with environmental regulations is an important part of protecting public health and the environment. Environment and Conservation offers assistance for complying with the law, monitors compliance and takes enforcement action when necessary to assure compliance with environmental regulations in Tennessee.

Enforcement is a vital part of encouraging individuals, communities, businesses and industries to meet their environmental obligations. Enforcement serves a number of important goals such as returning violators to compliance and deterring misconduct in others, eliminating or preventing environmental harm, and preserving a level playing field for responsible companies that abide by the law.

Compliance with environmental laws is our goal. Environment and Conservation seeks to maximize compliance by providing increased access to timely public information about our enforcement activities. To achieve this goal, the department has developed an online application that enables the public to search our enforcement database across all divisions. Individuals can query the database by type of enforcement action and variety of other search criteria, including site location, county, action status, involved party and TDEC regulatory division.

This searchable database is a valuable public information tool for citizens and will contribute to better environmental performance in Tennessee.  While the database follows a user-friendly design, it also features a detailed Help function to assist site visitors with their query.

Accreditation, Certification and Licensing Programs

The State of Tennessee has a number of accreditation, certification, and licensing programs that may be applicable to environmental consultants, contractors, engineers, scientists and other professionals. This page contains links to the various programs administered by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and other state agencies.

Asbestos Accreditation
Tennessee Rule 1200-01-20-.01

Drinking water laboratory certification

Division of Water Resources

TDEC Drinking Water Program

Dry Cleaner Approved Contractor

TDEC Dry Cleaner Environmental Response Program

Engineer Intern Certification

Tennessee State Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners

Environmental Contractor Classification
TN Department of Commerce and Insurance – Board of Licensing Contractors
Contractor Classification Outline with Exam and Bidding Information

Information for Registered Tennessee Businesses
Tennessee Secretary of State

Landfill Operators Certification Training

TDEC Division of Solid Waste Management

Lead Based Paint Removal Accreditation

Tennessee Rule 1200-01-18

TDEC Division of Solid Waste Management

Licensed Contractors
Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance

Licensed Geologists Program
Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance

Meth Lab Cleanup – Industrial Hygienist
Tennessee Rule 1200-01-19

Owner/operator certification for painter training, metal fabrication and finishing:

TDEC Small Business Environmental Assistance Program

Pesticide application licensing and certification

Tennessee Department of Agriculture

Professional Engineer Licensing

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance

Professional Privilege Tax

Tennessee Department of Revenue

Scrap Metals Dealers
Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance

Soil Scientist Licensing Program
Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance

TN Qualified Hydrologic Professional
Tennessee Rule 0400-40-17

UST Corrective Action Contractor
TDEC Division of Underground Storage Tanks
Rule 1200-01-15-.09(15)

Wastewater and water system operator certification

TDEC Fleming Training Center

TDEC Water and Wastewater Operator Certification

Well driller license

TDEC Well Driller or Installer License