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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Wastewater Engineering Bureau
Sludge Site Permit

To ensure that sludge which is land-applied for beneficial reuse will protect human health and the environment. The beneficial reuse of sludge provides nutrients at rates that support agriculture, along with beneficial organic material.

Any person proposing to land apply sludge needs a sludge site permit.

Statute and Administrative Rules
RSA 485-A:4, XVI-b Water Pollution and Waste Disposal/Duties of Department
Env-Wq 800 Sludge Management

Sludge Site Permit ApplicationMicrosoft Word Symbol

$100 for sites with 5 or fewer acres, $150 for those with greater than 5 but less than or equal to 10 acres, and $300 for sites greater than 10 acres in size. Municipalities are exempt.

Processing Time
Typically four to six months after application is deemed complete.

Term is five years. Permits are renewed by submitting an updated Sludge Site Permit ApplicationMicrosoft Word Symbol, and the applicable fee, no later than 120 days prior to the permit expiration date.

Permit holders must submit a Sludge Permit Modification ApplicationMicrosoft Word Symboland obtain approval.

Permits may be transferred with prior approval by Wastewater Engineering Bureau, Residual Management Section according to Env-Wq 804.06.

Any person aggrieved by a final decision can appeal the decision to the Water Council in accordance with Env_WC 200

Status of Current Applications
Contact Judy Sears Houston at or (603) 271-7888, or Ray Gordon at or (603) 271-3571.

More Information
Permitting a Biosolids and/or Short Paper Fiber Site in New Hampshire Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol(Fact Sheet WD-WEB-17)

Contact Us
Contact Judy Sears Houston at or (603) 271-7888, or Ray Gordon at or (603) 271-3571.



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