(a) In order to protect the public health, safety and welfare, prevent the spread
of disease and creation of nuisances, conserve our natural resources, enhance the
beauty and quality of our environment and provide a coordinated statewide solid waste
disposal program, it is declared to be the public policy of the state of Tennessee
to regulate solid waste disposal to:
(1) Provide for safe and sanitary processing and disposal of solid wastes;
(2) Develop long-range plans for adequate solid waste disposal systems to meet future
(3) Provide a coordinated statewide program of control of solid waste processing and
disposal in cooperation with federal, state, and local agencies responsible for the
prevention, control, or abatement of air, water, and land pollution; and
(4) Encourage efficient and economical solid waste disposal systems.
(b) The general assembly declares that it is the policy of this state to ensure that
no hazardous waste, as regulated under chapter 212 of this title, is disposed of in
a solid waste disposal facility. Therefore, subject to the appropriation of funds in the general appropriations act
for such purposes, the department shall develop an inspection program for all permitted
facilities, including landfills and processing facilities, that provides for frequent,
thorough and regular inspections. Further, subject to the appropriation of funds in the general appropriations act
for such purposes, the department shall inspect waste streams, baled waste and special
waste generators and transporters to prevent the introduction of hazardous waste into
solid waste disposal facilities.
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