Beneficial Use

NEW. Welcome to our Beneficial Use Program Homepage. Please visit the General Permits & Guidance Documents tab below to view the new lime residuals draft beneficial use general permit and revised alum residuals draft general permit. We are seeking interested party comments on these two drafts through September 1, 2017. We will also sponsor a webinar tentatively scheduled for 10:30 a.m. EST, August 29, 2017, to answer related questions anyone might have prior to submitting comments. We will also use your comments developing related guidance documents for using these permits. All input is useful and appreciated.

Ohio EPA’s Beneficial Use Program rules are contained in Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 3745-599, which became effective on March 31, 2017. The following materials are included in the rules:

  • Foundry Sands;
  • Drinking Water Treatment Residuals;
  • Waste Materials burned for energy recovery;
  • Sewage Sludge (Biosolids) Incinerator Ash; and
  • Dredged material from federal navigational channels in Lake Erie

Under the beneficial use rules, these “beneficial use byproducts” (BUBs) may be used in applications increasing in complexity from authorized by rule, burning for energy recovery, and general or individual permits.

When used in accordance with specified conditions, BUBs may be used as an ingredient in certain construction materials such as cement or asphalt concrete, with no input or authorization required by Ohio EPA BUBs may also be used as a fuel or ingredient in a combustion unit, again with no further authorization required from DMWM (Other authorizations for air and water emissions may apply to these activities).

General Permits for beneficially using certain foundry sands in soil mixes and bioretention practices, and as fill material, are final and available for use. Please see a Notice of Intent (NOI) form you can use to seek coverage under the general permits, along with guidance on how to navigate and utilize the beneficial use general permitting process. In the near future we will be posting a final Sewage Sludge Incinerator Ash General Permit and continue working on general permit(s) to use materials dredged from federal navigation channels and areas contiguous.

If you wish to use a BUB in an application other than those provided for in the General Permit, you may apply for an individual permit. Simply complete the application and submit with the required fee as directed for agency consideration.

Lastly, for materials not included in OAC Chapter 3745-599, such as paper sludge or non-hazardous waste baghouse dust, we continue to offer beneficial use land application permits known as Integrated Alternative Waste Management Plans (IAWMPS) and Land Application Management Plans (LAMPs). Please contact the DMWM Beneficial Use Unit to determine which applies best to your proposed project.

We will continue collaborating with all interested parties considering materials we might add to OAC Chapter 3745-599, as well as additional beneficial uses and ways to improve the new rules. Your input is always welcome.

The Beneficial Use Rules are located in OAC Chapter 3745-599, which  became effective March 31, 2017

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Beneficial Use
Sarvis, Harry  Environmental Manager
(614) 644-3519
Schierberl, John
(614) 644-2955
Flynn, Maera
Environmental Specialist 3, Beneficial Use
(614) 728-5338 
Cherosky, Phil Environmental Specialist 2, Beneficial Use
(614) 644-3249

Dredged Material - Make It Your Business!
Each year, 1.5 million cubic yards of material is dredged from the federal navigation channels along Ohio’s Lake Erie shoreline. Historically, most of the material dredged from Lake Erie has been placed back into the open waters of the lake. Thanks to the enactment of Senate Bill 1, open-lake disposal will no longer be an option as of July 1, 2020. It’s time to stop wasting dredged material and start using it to help Ohio. For more information, visit the webpage.