1. Instructions: BRP WP 35 doc format of Design P&S Approval for Residuals Treatment
pdf format of                             Design P&S Approval for Residuals Treatment

  2. Transmittal Form & Number for Permit Application & Payment

Permit Fact Sheet 

  1. What is the purpose of this approval?

    Approval for design plans and specifications for wastewater residuals management treatment facilities is required pursuant to the legislative authority as stated in Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 21, s. 27 and 43(2); Chapter 83, s. 6 and 7; and Chapter 14, s. 17; and 314 CMR 12.00.

    This approval serves to protect the public health, welfare, and environment by ensuring the proper design of treatment facilities such as composting, pelletizing, and alkaline stabilization. These facilities must be properly designed and operated to ensure continuous treatment of sludge and other residuals and allow for subsequent beneficial use of the final products generated.
  2. Who must apply?

    Any individual, commercial establishment or business that proposes to design and construct facilities for the purposes of treating residuals generated from commercial and municipal wastewater treatment facilities.
  3. What other requirements should be considered when applying for this approval?
    1. What prerequisites should be considered when applying for this approval?
      Ownership of the property and any restrictive covenants on the land should be determined. The extent of any property use restrictions should also be determined to site a facility. Authority must be obtained from all parties with ownership of, or rights to the property.

      Identification should be made of all local abutters and the approximate distance from the proposed facility to those receptors. Caution should be exercised to identify an acceptable buffer area to minimize odor migration and potential impacts on nearby receptors.

      Permits of this type may require MEPA review. Please carefully examine 301 CMR 11.00, the MEPA Regulations, 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 (with reference to any applicable Transmittal numbers) should be sent to the appropriate program offices in Boston and the MEPA Coordinator in the appropriate Regional Office.
    2. What concurrent applications are related to this approval?
      A site hearing may be required pursuant to M.G.L. Chapter 21, Section 21-43 or Chapter 83, Section 6 and 7 after submission of design plans and after completion of the MEPA process but prior to final MassDEP approval of plans and specifications.

      Depending on site location and facility design, a Wetland Order or Conditions (310 CMR 10.00), or Air Quality permit (310 CMR 7.00) may be required.

      Notification and submittal of process flow schematic is required to the wastewater operator certification board (257 CMR 2.0) for any new facilities and significant operational changes to existing facilities.
    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 approval?

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

    Primary Permit Location:
    Department of Environmental Protection
    __________* Regional Office
    Wastewater Permitting
    * Find Your Region

    Reserve Copy Location:
  6. Where can I get a copy of the timelines?

    The timelines are available on the MassDEP website: Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule  pdf format of Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule
  7. What is the annual compliance fee?

    Current annual compliance fees are available on the MassDEP website: Annual Compliance Assurance Fees  pdf format of Annual Compliance Assurance Fees
  8. How long is the approval in effect?

    This approval shall remain in effect for as long as the residual composting or pelletizing facility is operated in compliance with the original approval. A new application form must be submitted for any substantive changes in site, design, or operation of the facility.
  9. How can I avoid the most common mistakes made in applying for this approval?
    1. Provide all information detailed on the checklist for submittals of conceptual approval including site evaluation criteria and engineering report items.
    2. Provide all detailed engineering drawings and specifications for final approvals.
    3. Make sure a Massachusetts Registered Professional Engineer stamps and signs all submittals for design approvals.
    4. Submit the fee and one copy of the MassDEP Transmittal Form to: Department of Environmental Protection, P.O. Box 4062, Boston, MA 02211.
  10. What are the regulations that apply to this approval? Where can I get copies?

    The regulations include, but are not limited to:
    1. Operation and Maintenance and Pre-Treatment Standards for Wastewater Treatment Works and Indirect Discharges, 314 CMR 12.00.
    2. Timely Action and Fee Provisions, 310 CMR 4.00.
    3. Administrative Penalty Regulations, 310 CMR 5.00.
    These may be purchased online, in person, or by mail at the Massachusetts State Bookstore .