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Biosolids Program

Ohio EPA's biosolids program regulates the disposal and/or beneficial use of sewage sludge and biosolids generated by non-industrial wastewater treatment plants in Ohio, as well as any sewage sludge or biosolids brought into Ohio by out-of-state, non-industrial wastewater treatment plants. The goals of the biosolids program are to protect public health and the environment, encourage the beneficial reuse of biosolids and minimize the creation of nuisance odors.


2022 Annual Sewage Sludge Report Form (Form 4229)

A requirement to complete and submit to Ohio EPA an annual sewage sludge report appears in Part II of most National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits issued to Publicly Owned Treatment Works.

The 2022 Annual Sewage Sludge Report is now available to be completed through your Ohio EPA eBusiness Center account once all eDMR data has been submitted for the calendar year. The deadline to submit the 2022 Annual Sewage Sludge Report is March 1, 2023. All monthly reporting data will be pre-populated on the electronic version of the 2022 Report.

The Annual Sewage Sludge fee invoice will be generated when the Annual Sludge Report is submitted. A copy of the invoice will be emailed to the billing contact listed in the report. Please ensure that the correct person receives a copy of the invoice as payment is due by June 30, 2023.

You will have met the Annual Sludge Reporting requirements of your NPDES permit by submitting the electronic report. Please Do Not Printout and Send Ohio EPA a hard copy of the 2022 Annual Sludge report.

Class B Beneficial Use Site Forms

The following forms and associated instructions are to be used for the authorization, transfer or acreage amendment of Class B beneficial use sites. Also included is a form for an occupied building consent for reduced isolation distance for Class B beneficial use sites.

Sludge Dioxin, Dibenzofuran and Coplanar PCB Worksheet

A requirement to complete and submit sludge dioxin monitoring data to Ohio EPA is written in Chapter 3745-40 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC). The Total Toxicity Equivalence (TTE) is calculated from the data analysis of the 29 congeners listed in OAC 3745-40-01. The following worksheet is used to calculate the TTE. The instructions and report form are available online as a PDF file (PDF), or in Microsoft Word 2000 (Word 2000) format. If you need the materials in another software package or version, please let us know.

Individual NPDES Permit Application Forms


Compliance Tools


  • Ohio Sewage Sludge Rules
  • The United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), Ohio Department of Health (ODH), local health districts and Ohio EPA regulate domestic septage disposal in the state of Ohio. The fact sheet Domestic Septage Disposal in Ohio is intended to provide stakeholders and regulators an overview of applicable regulatory authority in Ohio. The goal is to achieve regulatory compliance and clarify regulatory oversight for land application of domestic septage in Ohio.
  • Federal Sludge Regulations - 40 CFR 503


Related Sites


State Coordinator

Sheerin, Betsy Biosolids Program Supervisor 614-644-2150

Central, Northwest, and Southeast District


Hurdley, Hannah Environmental Specialist 614-644-2033

Northeast District


Micklewright,John Environmental Specialist 330-963-1285

Southwest District

Diesburg,Kristen Environmental Specialist 937-285-6442