Information about Non-Agricultural Source Material (NASM) for Generators and Municipalities

Table of Contents

  1. Are you a NASM generator?
  2. The generator's role
  3. Additional information for municipalities that generate NASM
  4. NASM plans
  5. Disclaimer

1. Are you a NASM generator?

You are a NASM generator if you own or control an operation that produces NASM. This includes intermediate generators that own or control an operation that processes various materials to produce a NASM. For example, a company that receives and mixes two different food plant washwaters is a NASM generator.

Generators and haulers of NASM are regulated under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) until the NASM arrives at the farmer's gate. The material is subject to the requirements of the Nutrient Management Regulation once it arrives at the receiving farm, except when generators are required to sample and analyze the NASM.

2. The generator's role

Agricultural soils that may have NASM applied must first be tested for soil pH, phosphorus and the concentration of 11 regulated metals. This testing ensures that the characteristics of the soil are appropriate to receive NASM. The NASM can be land applied only if the test meets the standards of the regulation. Generators must sample and analyze the NASM and provide these results to the operation receiving the NASM. See Part IX of the regulation and the Sampling and Analysis Protocol for more information on when those results must be provided. You can also see our Information about Sampling and Analysis Requirements for NASM web page.

The regulation contains rules regarding the sampling and analysis of sewage biosolids, including Sections 98.0.2 to 98.0.5.

3. Additional information for municipalities that generate NASM

Generators and haulers may have to meet other requirements under the Environmental Protection Act or the Ontario Water Resources Act, including the requirement for an Environmental Compliance Approval. We recommend that you contact MOECC for more information about how these acts relate to you.

In some cases, only a person with a Nutrient Application Technician Licence can apply NASM to land. This applies where a person who owns or controls the operation is required to have a NASM Plan or a Nutrient Management Plan, and the person applying the NASM is not the owner, operator or an employee of the operation.

4. New NASM Categories

The operation receiving the NASM you generate may need a NASM Plan if they are going to apply the NASM to land. A NASM Plan deals with the management of NASM, including storage and land application. See the Information about NASM for Farmers web page for more information about NASM plans.

5. Disclaimer

The information contained on this page is not authoritative. It is derived from the Nutrient Management Act, 2002 (NMA) and its General Regulation (O. Reg. 267/03) and is for informational purposes only. Efforts have been made to make it as accurate as possible, but in the event of a conflict, inconsistency or error, the requirements set out in the NMA and the regulation take precedence. Please refer to e-Laws for what the NMA and the regulation actually provide. In addition, there may be additional legal obligations under different pieces of Legislation which are not the subject of this informational web page. The Government of Ontario assumes no liability for any inaccurate or incomplete information, nor for any actions taken in reliance thereon. Prior to implementing any changes to your operations, it is strongly recommended that you review the NMA and the regulation directly and seek any advice you consider appropriate from a qualified person.


For more information:
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Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 20 December 2010
Last Reviewed: 07 January 2015