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15.18.04.00.htm 15.18.04.00. Title 15 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Subtitle 18 STATE CHEMIST Chapter 04 Compost Authority: Agriculture Article, Title 6, Subtitle 2, Annotated Code of Maryland
15.18.04.01.htm 15.18.04.01. 01 Definitions.. A. In this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated.. B. Terms Defined.. 1) "Agricultural land" means land cultivated for the production of crops or used for raising livestock.2) "Agricultural operation" means any farming operation devoted to the production for sale of crops or animals, including, but not limited to, fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry and dairy products, nuts, tobacco, aquaculture, nursery and floral produc3) "Brand" means the term
15.18.04.02.htm 15.18.04.02. 02 Registration of Compost.. A. Registration.. 1) Except as provided by this regulation, a person shall register with the Department each brand or classification of compost before the compost is sold or distributed within the State.2) A person applying for registration shall submit the following information to the Department:. a) A completed registration application form provided by the Department;. b) A copy of the product label and any other labeling describing the product; and.
15.18.04.03.htm 15.18.04.03. 03 Operator Certification Requirement.. A. Each composting facility regulated by this chapter shall operate under the supervision of a certified operator.B. Certification. A person shall apply for certification as a composting facility operator by:. 1) Applying to the Department on a departmental form; and. 2) Demonstrating proof of practical and scientific knowledge of composting by passing a written examination given by the Department.
15.18.04.04.htm 15.18.04.04. 04 Composting Facility Operator Requirements.. A. A composting facility certified operator is responsible for complying with the requirements of this regulation when operating a composting facility.B. For a composting facility receiving only agricultural or yard waste the following is required:. 1) Stabilized compost, or any compost product to be distributed from the facility, shall be tested by the operator each quarter, or once every 20,000 tons of compost, whicheve
15.18.04.05.htm 15.18.04.05. 05 Compost Classification.. A. A compost product is classified as a General Use, Limited Use, or Restricted Use compost as shown in §B―D of this regulation.B. General Use Compost.. 1) General Use compost may not exceed the following specifications:. Parameter. Parameter Limit All limits apply to product leaving composting facility.. a) pH (range). 6.0―8.0. b) Heavy metals (maximum). i) Arsenic. 41 mg/kg dry wt.. ii) Cadmium. d) Man-made inerts (maximum) 4mm, <13mm.
15.18.04.06.htm 15.18.04.06. 06 Compost Labeling.. A. A person who manufactures or distributes a package or container of compost subject to this chapter is responsible for labeling the package or container with the following information:1) Net weight or volume;. 2) Brand under which the compost is distributed;. 3) Classification of compost;. 4) Manufacturer's name and complete address; and. 5) Origin.. B. A person who manufactures or distributes for bulk sale any compost subject to this chapter shall
15.18.04.07.htm 15.18.04.07. 07 Compost Tonnage Reporting.. A. Tonnage Reporting Statement.. 1) The registrant of each compost product shall submit to the Department:. a) A semiannual written statement of the tonnage for each brand or classification of compost distributed in this State; andb) An inspection fee of 25 cents for each ton distributed.. 2) This statement and inspection fee shall include each sale for the periods of January 1 through June 30 and July 1 through December 31 of each year.
15.18.04.08.htm 15.18.04.08. 08 Record-Keeping Requirements.. A. A registrant or facility operator who distributes compost shall maintain complete records for 2 years for each lot of compost distributed.B. Records shall have the following information:. 1) Source, type, and quantity of compostable received;. 2) Quantity and type of waste or compostable processed into compost;. 3) Quantity and classification of compost produced, by product classification;.
15.18.04.09.htm 15.18.04.09. 09 Inspection Procedures.. A. The Department or a designee may examine records, and may inspect and sample without charge any compost or compost product of any producer or distributor to determine if the records or compost complies with the requirements of this chapter.B. A sample or lot found by the Department not to be in conformity with the regulations in this chapter or with the Maryland Commercial Fertilizer Law shall be subject to a penalty or a stop-sale orde
15.18.04.10.htm 15.18.04.10. 10 Refusal or Cancellation of Registration.. The Secretary may refuse to register or may revoke any registration for a brand or classification of compost, or the certificate of a person, that does not comply with the requirements of this chapter or with the requirements of the Maryland Commercial Fertilizer Law.
15.18.04.11.htm 15.18.04.11. 11 Table 1. Compost Quality Parameters.. Parameter. Unit. A. pH. Standard units. B. Regulated trace metals or inorganic pollutants:. 1) Arsenic (As). mg/kg dry wt.. 2) Cadmium (Cd). 3) Chromium (Cr). 4) Copper (Cu). 5) Lead (Pb). 6) Mercury (Hg). 7) Molybdenum (Mo). 8) Nickel (Ni). 9) Selenium (Se). 10) Zinc (Zn). C. Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). D. Man-made inerts >4mm, 13mm. percent dry wt.. E. Film plastic >4mm.
15.18.04.12.htm 15.18.04.12. 12 Table 2. Compost Cumulative Loading Limits (Maximum). Regulated Heavy Metal. Cumulative Loadinga,b. A. Arsenic. 37 lbs/acre. B. Cadmium. 35 lbs/acre. C. Chromium. 2,680 lbs/acres. D. Copper. 1,340 lbs/acre. E. Lead. 270 lbs/acre. F. Mercury. 15 lbs/acre. G. Molybdenum. 16 lbs/acre. H. Nickel. 375 lbs/acre. I. Selenium. 90 lbs/acre. J. Zinc. 2,500 lbs/acre. a) This is the maximum sum of all prior loadings to the soil.. b) Compost shall have a pH greater than or equal to 5.5..
15.18.04.9999.htm 15.18.04.9999. Administrative History Effective date: February 13, 1995 (22:3 Md. R. 155). Regulation .02A amended effective January 21, 2013 (40:1 Md. R. 22).
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