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Biosolids State Operating Permit

Who Needs One?

This general permit authorizes the land application of non-exceptional quality (non-EQ) biosolids within the State of Tennessee provided that the permittee complies with all conditions in this general permit. It does not apply to facilities that incinerate sewage sludge, dispose of sewage sludge in a landfill, or place sewage sludge in a surface disposal site.

What Information Must I Provide?

A signed copy of the Notice of Intent (NOI) and necessary attachments must be sent to the division at the following address:

Division of Water Resources
Attn: Biosolids NOI
William R. Snodgrass - 11th Floor
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue
Nashville, TNĀ  37243

Contact Information
Robert G. O'dette M.S., P.E.
Robert.Odette@tn.gov
615-253-5319

Form Description

Number

Form

Notice of Intent (NOI) for the General State Operating Permit for Application of Non-Exceptional Quality Biosolids CN-1441 PDF
General State Operating Permit for the Land Application of Non-Exceptional Quality Biosolids #TNB000000 CN-1393 PDF

How Will My Application Be Processed?

Upon receipt of the completed signed NOI, the division conducts a review of the material, and the applicant is notified of any deficiencies. When all the deficiencies have been corrected, a Notice of Coverage (NOC) is issued. The entire process normally takes less than 30 days. Permit coverage is valid until the expiration date of the general permit, but can be administratively extended if new permit is not issued in a timely manner.

Land Application Sites with Existing Approval Letters

All non-EQ biosolids land application sites that have been approved by the division prior to the effective date of this permit will be covered under this permit upon receipt of the signed certification statement, completed NOI and a copy of site approval letter(s). The applicant should submit the signed completed NOI and corresponding site approval letter(s) to the state biosolids coordinator within 60 days of the effective date of this permit.

New Land Application Sites

A person who prepares non-EQ biosolids for land application in the State of Tennessee on new sites without existing approval letters must submit a complete NOI and obtain the NOC from the division prior to land applying non-EQ biosolids on any site. Coverage for additional land application sites (not identified in the original NOI or submitted for review under the previous permit) begins 30 days after submittal of a complete NOI unless the permittee is notified otherwise by the division.

What Fees Are Required?

There are currently no application or annual maintenance fees for the biosolids general state operating permit application or coverage.

What Are My Rights And Responsibilities After The Permit Is

The applicant may proceed with land application of non-exceptional quality biosolids upon receipt of the Notice of Coverage (NOC) from the division. The permittee must comply with all conditions stated in the general permit. Any planned changes or additions to the facility or land application site require the permittee to give notice to the division as soon as possible.

Coverage for additional land application sites (not identified in the original NOI or submitted for review under the previous permit) begins 30 days after submittal of a complete NOI unless the permittee is notified otherwise by the division.

Permittees must comply with specific limitations and self-monitoring requirements for land application relative to contaminant levels, pathogen reduction requirements, vector attraction reduction requirements, agronomic rates, site restrictions, monitoring, record keeping and reporting requirements as specified in the general permit.

What Are The Division's Rights And Responsibilities After The Permit Is Issued?

The division has the responsibility to take all prudent steps to secure, protect and preserve the waters of Tennessee. The division has the right to enter and inspect the facility and all related records at any reasonable time. They also may inspect any related equipment or monitoring methods. The division has the right to require an individual permit at any time if deemed necessary.

Whom Do I Contact For Applications, Assistance And Other

Applications and information can be obtained from the Tennessee Division of Water Resources. New applicants can contact their Environmental Field Office for further assistance.

Applicants may refer to the following publications:

» Tennessee General State Operating Permit for the Land Application of Non-Exceptional Quality Biosolids #TNB000000
» TDEC Rule Chapter 0400-40-15 Biosolids Management
» TCA 69-3-108 Tennessee Water Quality Control Act of 1977