Proposed Changes to General Permits for Biosolids and Septage Beneficial Use

On March 8, 2014, The Department of Environmental Protection, through an announcement in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, stated that General Permits for the Beneficial Use of Biosolids by Land Application (PAG-08), the Beneficial Use of Exceptional Quality Biosolids by Land Application (PAG-07), and the Beneficial Use of Residential Septage by Land Application (PAG-09) are being extended through April 2, 2015. The original expiration date was April 2, 2014.  These permits cover land application of septage, Class B biosolids and Exceptional Quality biosolids.


If you are operating under these Permits, you may continue to operate until April 2, 2016, or the expiration date of coverage identified on the permit coverage approval page, whichever is later. According to the PA Bulletin notice, the DEP is extending the availability of these permits to adequately complete preparation of their renewal.


Closer to the new expiration date, the PADEP will publish the proposed changes, followed by a 30 day comment period and public hearing, if requested.  The PWEA Biosolids Committee and the Regulatory Affairs Committee, as well as the PA Septage Management Association, are jointly working to establish lines of communication with PA DEP regarding any proposed changes. 


To access the General Permit and related documents, and select ''Permit and Authorization Packages,'' ''Point and Non-Point Source Management,'' ''Biosolids,'' ''General Permits'' and ''PAG-08, PAG-07, or PAG - 09.''


Questions regarding these Permits should be directed to Dennis Wilson, PADEP Water Program Specialist, Division of Planning and Permitting at (717) 772-5629 or



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