1. Instructions: BRP WP 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 doc format of Residuals Land Application Permit Instructions
pdf format of BRP WP 28-32 Residuals Land Application Approvals

  2. Form: BRP WP 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 doc format of Residuals Land Application Approvals
pdf format of BRP WP 28-32 Residuals Land Application Approvals

  3. Transmittal Form & Number for Permit Application & Payment


Permit Fact Sheet 

  1. What is the purpose of these approvals?

    The categories identified above are all related to necessary approvals and permits leading to final approval for land application of residuals for beneficial purposes. BRP WP 28 and BRP WP 29 are required for all approvals. BRP WP 30, BRP WP 31 and BRP WP 32 are project specific and are only required if the product is classified as a Type II or III material. The following listing briefly summarizes all necessary submittals prior to land application of sludge (including sludge products) and septage. See 310 CMR 32.00 for further information about classification of sludge and septage.
    • BRP WP 28: Approval of sampling and analysis plan prior to land application of sludge and septage. This is required for all applications.
    • BRP WP 29: Determination of suitability for land application of sludge and septage (also referred to as sludge classification). This submittal is required for all applications.
    • BRP WP 30: Approval of land application certificate for Type II and Type III sludge and sludge products for projects of 0.5 acres or more.
    • BRP WP 31: Approval of land application certificate for Type II and Type III sludge and sludge products for projects of less than 0.5 acres.
    • BRP WP 32: Renewal or modification of a land application certificate.
    These permits and approvals are intended to protect public health, safety and the environment by comprehensively regulating the land application of sludge, sludge products (such as compost and pellets), and septage. Land application of these materials must be conducted in a proper manner to prevent pollution of ground and surface waters, drinking water supplies, and protect public health from potential contamination and transport of heavy metals and pathogens.

    Statutory authority is provided in MGL Chapter 21, s. 27(9), 27(12), and 43; Chapter 21A s. 2(28); and Chapter 111, s. 160. Regulatory authority is stated in 310 CMR 32.00.
  2. Who must apply?

    Any individual, business, organization or commercial establishment that wish to utilize sludge, sludge derived products, or septage as a fertilizer or soil conditioner by providing nutrients for growing vegetation or improving the quality of the soil for the purpose of growing vegetation. The applicant should carefully read all relevant guidance documents and MassDEP Guidelines for Sludge Analysis before filling out any application forms.
  3. What other requirements should be considered when applying for these approvals?
    1. What prerequisites should be considered before applying for these approvals?

      Some approvals of this type may require MEPA review and approval. Please carefully examine 301 CMR 11.00 to determine if your project exceeds the MEPA review thresholds, or for more information contact the MEPA Unit of the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (100 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA 02202; (617-727-5830). MassDEP cannot complete technical review of the permit application until the MEPA process has been concluded. Copies of MEPA filings should be sent to the appropriate program offices in Boston and the MEPA coordinator in the appropriate Regional Office.
    2. What other requirements should be considered when applying for these approvals?

      A copy of all completed applications must be submitted to the Local Board of Health for their concurrence. For Type I classification requests, applications should be submitted to the local Board of Health in the city or town where the treatment facility resides. Applications for a Land Application Certificate of Type II or III products must be submitted to the Local Board of Health where the land application is proposed to take place.
    Note: These additional requirements are intended to serve as a guide to the applicant. It does not necessarily include all requirements.
  4. What is the application fee for this permit?

    See Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule pdf format of Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule
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  5. What is the Primary Permit Location? What is the Reserve Copy Location?

    Primary Permit Location:

    Department of Environmental Protection
    _____________* Regional Office
    ATTN: Wastewater Permitting
    * Find Your Region

    Reserve Copy Location:
    None.
  6. Where can I get a copy of the timelines?

    Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule pdf format of Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule
  7. How long are these approvals in effect?
    • BRP WP 28 : Indefinitely or until there is a change in location, type of treatment, and/or change in the quality of the waste stream. Revisions may also be necessary due to regulatory changes, or upon request from the local Board of Health with jurisdiction.
    • BRP WP 29: This approval is in effect for 2 years.
    • BRP WP 30: An annual renewal is required.
    • BRP WP 31: An annual renewal is required.
  8. How can I avoid the most common mistakes made in applying for these approvals?
    1. Fill in all information requested on the application forms.
    2. Make sure all required project descriptions, maps, and site plans are included with both copies of the registration form.
    3. Submit all required reports and applications with sufficient detail and description.
    4. Make sure a copy of all documents are submitted to the local Board of Health, if applicable.
    5. Make sure the application is signed by a legally responsible official.
    6. Submit fee and one copy of the Transmittal Form & Number for Permit Application & Payment to:
      Department of Environmental Protection
      P.O. Box 4062
      Boston, MA 02211
  9. What are the regulations and policies that apply to these approvals? Where can I get copies?

    These regulations and policies include, but are not limited to:
    1. Regulations for the Land Application of Sludge and Septage, 310 CMR 32.00.
    2. Timely Action Schedule and Fee Provisions, 310 CMR 4.00.
    3. Administrative Penalty Regulations, 310 CMR 5.00.
    4. WPC, Wastewater Residuals Guidance Document No. 87-1, "Blending Policy".
    5. WPC, Wastewater Residuals Guidance Document No. 87-2, "Horticultural Use".
    6. WPC, Wastewater Residuals Guidance Document No. 87-3, "Multi-site/Single-ownership".
    7. WPC, Wastewater Residuals Guidance Document No. 87-4, "Pilot and Demonstration Program".
    These may be purchased online, in person, or by mail at the Massachusetts State Bookstore .