Biosolids Program

Ohio EPA's biosolids program regulates the disposal and/or beneficial use of sewage sludge and biosolids generated by non-industrial wastewater treatment plants in Ohio, as well as any sewage sludge or biosolids brought into Ohio by out-of-state, non-industrial wastewater treatment plants. The goals of the biosolids program are to protect public health and the environment, encourage the beneficial reuse of biosolids and minimize the creation of nuisance odors.

2015 Annual Sewage Sludge Report Form (Form 4229)

A requirement to complete and submit to Ohio EPA an annual sewage sludge report appears in Part II of most National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits issued to Publicly Owned Treatment Works. Such a report on sewage sludge use or disposal includes a summary of the Monthly Operating Report data for the previous calendar year.

The 2015 Annual Sewage Sludge Report should be completed through your Ohio EPA eBusiness Center account starting in December 2015. Electronic submission of the 2015 Annual Sewage Sludge Report must be completed by February 29, 2016. All monthly reporting data will be pre-populated on the electronic version of the 2015 Form 4229 and the Annual Sewage Sludge fee invoice will be generated when the Annual Sludge Report is submitted. The Annual Sewage Sludge Reports is currently available to be accessed through the Division of Surface Water NPDES Permit Applications in the Ohio EPA eBusiness Center service list. You will have met the Annual Sludge Reporting requirements of your NPDES permit by submitting the electronic report, Please Do Not Printout and Send Ohio EPA a hard copy of the 2015 Annual Sludge report. Click the guidance below for a complete graphical walkthrough of the report.

Industrial Permittees - The electronic annual sludge reports are not available for industrial permittees (permit numbers that include an “I”). Please email Betsy VanWormer at: betsy.vanwormer@epa.ohio.gov to receive a copy of the annual sludge report to submit by mail.

Class B Beneficial Use Site Forms

The following forms and associated instructions are to be used for the authorization, transfer or acreage amendment of Class B beneficial use sites. Also included is a form for an occupied building consent for reduced isolation distance for Class B beneficial use sites.

Sludge Dioxin, Dibenzofuran and Coplanar PCB Worksheet

A requirement to complete and submit sludge dioxin monitoring data to Ohio EPA is written in Chapter 3745-40 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC). The Total Toxicity Equivalence (TTE) is calculated from the data analysis of the 29 congeners listed in OAC 3745-40-01. The following worksheet is used to calculate the TTE. The instructions and report form are available online as a PDF file (PDF), or in Microsoft Word 2000 (Word 2000) format. If you need the materials in another software package or version, please let us know.

Individual NPDES Permit Application Forms

  • Ohio Sewage Sludge Rules
  • The United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), Ohio Department of Health (ODH), local health districts and Ohio EPA regulate domestic septage disposal in the state of Ohio. The fact sheet Domestic Septage Disposal in Ohio is intended to provide stakeholders and regulators an overview of applicable regulatory authority in Ohio. The goal is to achieve regulatory compliance and clarify regulatory oversight for land application of domestic septage in Ohio.
  • Federal Sludge Regulations - 40 CFR 503
     
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