Management Practices

Four management practices are specified for bulk nonexceptional quality biosolids that are applied to the land:

• Application of bulk non-EQ biosolids is prohibited if it is likely to affect threatened or endangered species or their designated critical habitat.

• Bulk non-EQ biosolids must not be applied to flooded, frozen, or snow-covered land, which allows the material to enter wetlands or other waters of the United States unless authorized by the permitting authority.

• Application of bulk non-EQ biosolids on agricultural land, forest, or reclamation site that is within 10 m of any waters of the United States is prohibited unless authorized by the permitting authority.

• Bulk non-EQ biosolids should be applied to a site only at a rate equal to or less than the agronomic rate, which is the application rate designed to provide the amount of nitrogen needed by the crop or vegetation.

For biosolids sold or given away in a bag or other container, the management practice that applies is that a label or information sheet must be provided with the biosolids, indicating the appropriate application rate for the quality of the biosolids.

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