Biosolids Compliance Monitoring
- National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
- Pretreatment of Wastewater
- Oil Spill Prevention
- Industrial Storm Water
- Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations
- Municipal Storm Water
- Wastewater Trading Program
- Discharge Monitoring Report - Quality Assurance
Report Suspected Mishandling of Biosolids
If you suspect biosolids have been mishandled, EPA encourages you to submit a tip/complaint.
Biosolids are the nutrient-rich organic materials resulting from the treatment of sewage sludge (the name for the solid, semisolid or liquid untreated residue generated during the treatment of domestic sewage in a treatment facility). When treated and processed, sewage sludge becomes biosolids which can be safely recycled and applied as fertilizer to sustainably improve and maintain productive soils and stimulate plant growth.
Only biosolids that meet the most stringent standards spelled out in federal and state rules can be approved for use as a fertilizer. Local governments make the decision whether to recycle the biosolids as a fertilizer, incinerate it or bury it in a landfill. Although cities decide how best to manage their biosolids, EPA continues to provide the public with educational information, based on the best science, about the safe recycling and disposal of biosolids.
EPA conducts inspections of Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW) and other industrial facilities that generate, store, transport and dispose of biosolids. EPA inspections involve:
- reviewing the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit
- reviewing sludge self-monitoring records and reports
- interviewing facility personnel knowledgeable of the facility
- inspecting the sludge treatment and storage units
- sampling sludge
- reviewing how samples are collected and analyzed by the laboratory
Details on monitoring and inspections for biosolids can be found in Chapter 10 of the NPDES Compliance Inspection Manual.