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Biosolids Land Application Permit Process

Application Information

The applicant must:

  • Submit an application to OLQ and receive approval before beginning the proposed operation/activity. Permit applications must be submitted 180 days prior to the proposed commencement of land application (327 IAC 6.1, and hybrid permt-3-1).
  • Notify in writing all adjacent landowners and occupants of site-specific application sites within 10 working days after the date of application submittal.
  • Provide to OLQ with the application a list of potentially affected persons.
  • Provide analytical data that demonstrates the materials and/or liquids are eligible to be applied on the land according to U.S. EPA and IDEM standards.

When an application is received, IDEM may, under certain circumstances, publish a notice in the newspaper of widest general circulation in the area of the proposed activity announcing its availability for public review and a minimum 30-day public comment period.

IDEM will complete its review of the application and all public comments it receives.

When it makes its final decision, IDEM mails a Notice of Decision to potentially affected persons identified by the applicant, as well as local officials and any other parties who submitted comments or requested notification. The Notice of Decision includes instructions for filing a formal appeal.

IDEM typically reaches a final decision within 180 days of the receipt of an application. Initial permits are issued for five years, with subsequent renewals issued every 10 years. Renewal applications must be submitted 180 days before the expiration of the current permit.

There is no fee associated with any IDEM Land Application permit.

The construction of storage structures at land application sites does not require a Wastewater Facilities Construction Permit from IDEM; however, it will require prior approval from the land application program. Regulations are provided in the Indiana Administrative Code under 327 IAC 6.1-8.

Transferring Land Application Permits

The land application permits are transferable from the current permit holder (permittee) to another person. To transfer a land application permit, the parties must notify IDEM in writing at least 45 days before the proposed date of the transfer by submitting to IDEM a written agreement specifying the date of the transfer, and establishing that the permittee is responsible for compliance with the permit up to that date, while the transferee is responsible for compliance after the transfer date. Both parties must sign the agreement (327 IAC 6.1-3-5).

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