2005 Nutrient Management
Protocol for Ontario Regulation 267/03 Made under the Nutrient Management
Part 6 - Nutrient Management Strategy for Non-Agricultural Generating
Table of Contents
- Required Contents of a Nutrient Management Strategy
for Non-Agricultural Nutrient Generating Operations (Part 3 of
- Renewal of a Nutrient Management Strategy
As stated earlier in Section 4.1.1. of this Protocol,
a nutrient management strategy sets out an environmentally acceptable
method for managing all prescribed materials generated at an agricultural
or non-agricultural operation. Non-agricultural operations typically
generate non-agricultural source material. Non-agricultural source
material is defined in Part 1 of the Regulation as any of the
following materials, other than a commercial fertilizer or compost
that meets the guidelines entitled Interim Guidelines for the
Production and Use of Aerobic Compost in Ontario prepared
by the Ministry of the Environment and dated November 1991, if
they are intended to be applied to land as nutrients:
- Pulp and paper biosolids.
- Sewage biosolids.
- Any other material that is not from an agricultural
source that is capable of being applied to land as a nutrient.
All non-agricultural operations that generate non-agricultural
source material (which by definition are materials which are intended
to be land applied) must complete a nutrient management strategy
as phased in by Part 2 of the Regulation and submit it to OMAFRA's
Nutrient Management Branch for approval.
6.2 Required Contents of a Nutrient
Management Strategy for Non-Agricultural Nutrient Generating Operations
(Part 3 of the Regulation)
This Nutrient Management Strategy consists of 8 parts
as shown in the Nutrient Management Strategy for Non-agricultural
Operations Generating Non-agricultural Source Material Form
("Non-agricultural NMS form"). This form is available on the government's
electronic forms site of the web.
Nutrient Management Strategy: Each non-agricultural
operation that generates non-agricultural source material will complete
and submit as part of their first Nutrient Management Strategy,
NMS Form Parts I through V.
Annual Strategy: Each non-agricultural generating
facility will complete Non-agricultural NMS Form Part VI
- Planned Destination of Material. This is an annual strategy of
projected activities for the year to come. Year One will be submitted
with completed Parts I through V when the Non-agricultural NMS is
submitted to the Director for approval. Years Two through Five will
be completed and retained on site with the Nutrient Management Strategy.
Annual Report: Each non-agricultural operation that
generates non-agricultural source materials will complete Non-agricultural
NMS Form Part VII - Annual Report of Management of Materials, and
Part VIII Report on Five-Year Strategy for Material Generated, within
60 days of each year end and retain them on site with the Nutrient
Management Strategy. These reports include the actual annual activities
that were carried out, reported at year end.
6.2.1 Facility Description and Approval Information
Part I: This initial part of the nutrient management
strategy requires a facility description, including the following
- the name of the facility;
- phone number;
- a contact name and their working title or position for the operation
(the person responsible for the strategy);
- the annual volume of material generated by the operation;
- a description of operations carried out on site.
In addition, an authorized officer of the operation
must certify by signing their name to the NMS that, based on relevant
information provided in good faith and excluding unforeseen or uncontrollable
circumstances, the recommendations contained in the strategy are
compliant with the Nutrient Management Act, 2002.
The approval information to be completed by the Ministry
of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs includes the date of submission
of the strategy to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs,
the approval date, an operation identifier (assigned under Part
3 or Part 11 of the Regulation), the name and signature of the approving
OMAFRA Director, the approval date, terms and conditions of the
approval, and the expiry date for the strategy.
6.2.2 Material Description and Storage Information
Part II: This part requires a listing of the
types of non-agricultural source material and all other material
generated by the operation. The type, for example, could include
sewage biosolids, pulp and paper biosolids or other type of material
that is not from an agricultural source that is capable of being
applied to land as a nutrient (this category includes materials
such as materials recommended for land application by the Biosolids
Utilization Committee "BUC"). This list would include all materials
regardless of whether they were intended to be applied to land.
The description of each material must be included
which set out whether the material is a liquid or solid as defined
in Part 1 of the Regulation.
The projected average annual volume must be estimated
and recorded for the period of the strategy.
Information on storage of all non-agricultural source
materials generated at the facility must be provided. On- and off-site
storage facilities must list the physical address of each off-site
storage facility and associated capacities.
Storage facilities for non-agricultural source materials
must comply with:
- Part VIII of the Regulation (Construction Standards) and the
Construction and Siting Protocol where facilities are located
off the generating site at a farm unit;
- any requirements under Part V of the Environmental Protection
- the standards under the Ontario Building Code.
6.2.3 Projected Five-Year Strategy
for Non-Agricultural Source Material Generated
Part III: This part requires a five-year
volume projection for the various destinations of all the material
generated by the operation. Destinations include land application,
landfill disposal, incineration, processing (such as composting)
or other potential destinations. If there is a projected change
in volume for any of the management methods, there must be a description
detailing the reasons for that projection.
6.2.4 Nutrient Analysis of Material
Part IV: This part requires a strategy for
the analysis of non-agricultural source materials generated for
land application. Generators must provide information about the
content and quality of their non-agricultural source material.
Part IX of the Regulation requires laboratory analyses of certain
parameters such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, as well
as regulated metals and pathogens. Although the standards requirements
for biosolids in the Regulation are similar to those in the joint
Ministry of the Environment and Ministry of Agriculture, Food
and Rural Affairs publication entitled Guidelines for the Utilization
of Biosolids and other Wastes on Agricultural Lands, March, 1996,
sampling and testing requirements have been adjusted, based on
size and capacity of the facility and the amount of material generated
(see Part IX of the Regulation).
Additional parameters are presently under review
and may be added to the Regulation. Sampling standards must comply
with Part IX of the Regulation and the Sampling and Analysis Protocol.
Results must be retained at the location of the operation or at
a location that is accessible to the operator on a 24 hour a day
basis in accordance with Part 11 of the Regulation.
6.2.5 Contingency Plans
Part V: This part requires a written contingency
plan to describe actions that will be taken, in the event that
unforeseen circumstances occur, resulting in the inability to
follow the nutrient management strategy. The contingency plan
should include alternative action to be taken in the event of
a storage irregularity and provide for alternate disposal of the
non-agricultural source material. In the event of a spill, all
non-agricultural facilities must follow a spills contingency plan
as well as Regulation 347 and Part IX of the EPA. See Part 11
of this Protocol for more information on contingency planning.
6.2.6 Planned Destination of Material
Part VI: This part is an annual strategy
of activities that documents the proposed destination of materials.
For all materials generated at the operation, a detailed, written
description of their intended destination is required. In this
part, the following information about the destination is required:
Land Application: non-agricultural source material
intended to be applied to agricultural land:
the associated nutrient management plan
numbers or certificate of approval numbers;
the approved area; or area to which the
materials will be applied,
total volume to be applied;
broker identification (including company
name, certificate of approval numbers or licence numbers);
Identify if a broker agreement exists.
Landfill Disposal: where the material is intended
to be disposed of in a landfill:
Incineration: where the material is intended
to be incinerated:
the intended incineration volume;
whether the incineration is intended to
be on- or off-site; and
the off-site address and the Certificate
of Approval number if applicable.
Processing Material: for other process method
types (such as composting):
the total volume;
on and off-site information;
the off-site address, if applicable and
a description of the type of processing
the Certificate of Approval number if applicable.
Other: for other management methods (such as
a new technology):
a description of the method of management;
total volume disposed;
on- and off-site information; and
off-site address, if applicable.
6.2.7 Annual Report of Management of Material
Part VII: This part requires an annual report
that documents the actual destination of materials. In section 6.2.6
above, a detailed, written description of the intended destination
of non-agricultural source materials generated is required to be
prepared. Using that section as a starting point, generators should
prepare, on a yearly basis, a detailed, written description of the
actual (not projected) destination of materials. The following details
should be provided:
- Land Application: where non-agricultural source
materials were applied to agricultural land:
- the associated nutrient management plan
numbers or certificate of approval numbers;
- the actual area of application;
- application rate;
- total volume applied;
- broker identification, including company
name, certificate of approval numbers or licence number;
- whether a broker agreement was signed.
- Landfill Disposal: where materials were disposed
of in a landfill:
- name and address of the landfill site; and
- total volume disposed to landfill.
- Incineration: where materials were incinerated:
- the volume incinerated,
- whether the incineration was on- or off-site
- off-site address.
- Processing Material (such methods as composting):
- the total volume processed;
- on- and off-site information;
- off-site address; and
- a description of the type of processing.
- Other: (i.e. new technologies):
- a description of the method used;
- total volume disposed;
- on-site and off-site information; and
- off-site address.
6.2.8 Report on Five-Year Strategy for Non-Agricultural
Source Material Actually Generated
Part VIII: This part requires that the information
that has been prepared annually under Part 11 of the Regulation
and 6.3 of this protocol should be summarized. For example, the
annual volumes of non-agricultural source material actually generated
should be totaled for a five-year volume of material actually generated
In addition, there should be a summary of the various
methods actually used to manage the material (land application,
landfill disposal, incineration, processing such as composting
or other destination). If there is a difference in volumes for
any of the management methods from what the nutrient management
strategy projected, an explanation must be provided. This report
is to be retained at the site.
6.3 Renewal of a Nutrient Management
Renewal of the Nutrient Management Strategy will occur
in accordance with the regulation. In addition a provincial officer
or Director may order that the nutrient management strategy to be
updated: Nutrient Management Act, 2002 sections 29