Who provides regulations for land applied biosolids?
The Nutrient Management Act (NMA) governs the safe management of materials containing nutrients in ways that will enhance protection of the natural environment and provide a sustainable future for agricultural operations and rural development. The NMA was developed by the Province of Ontario in consultation with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MoECC), Ontario Ministry of Health, the University of Guelph and the Ontario Federation of Agriculture.
The NMA is provided by OMAFRA and all fields must be approved by OMAFRA before biosolids can be land applied. OMAFRA has also established guidelines for Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Nutrient Management and Application of Municipal Sewage Biosolids to Cropland. You can obtain a copy of the NMA and BMP’s online or at your local OMAFRA office.
MoECC is responsible for enforcement and compliance. They ensure that the regulation is followed during biosolids application through on-farm inspections.
Violators of the NMA can face severe consequences such as monetary fines or imprisonment.