The State of Maine requires testing for heavy metals and other pollutants before material can be spread on farmland.  This "agronomic use of solid waste residuals" on farmland is a type of beneficial use of solid waste covered by Maine Waste Management Rules Chapters 405 and 419.

Chapter 405: Water Quality Monitoring, Leachate Monitoring, and Waste Characterization describes the analytical tests that comprise a Soil Nutrient Analysis and Initial Residuals Analysis (p. 29).

Chapter 419: Agronomic Utilization of Residuals covers rules related to technical and cultural guidelines such as set-backs, smells, deed restrictions, maximum chemical and heavy metals loads permitted, and how and when to measure such loads.

Waste material that will be used on farmland is subject to a higher level of scrutiny than other uses. The following chart describes the testing regimens spelled out by Chapter 405, D.(2), Initial Residuals Analyses:

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We offer the following common packages:

Package Name Price Sample Containers Preservation
Sewage Sludge a-b-e $435.50 8 oz. glass jar, 4 oz.glass jar chilled to ≤6º C
Sewage Sludge a-b-c-e $471.50 8 oz. glass jar, 4 oz.glass jar chilled to ≤6º C
Papermill Sludge a-b-c-d $650.85 8 oz. glass jar, 4 oz.glass jar chilled to ≤6º C
Woodash and Lime Mud a-c-d $512.85 8 oz. glass jar chilled to ≤6º C
Sludge Metals (10) - "e" above $218.50 8 oz. glass jar or 110 g chilled to ≤6º C
RCRA 8 Metals $145.00 8 oz. glass jar or 110 g chilled to ≤6º C
NH SQC Nutrients/Trace Metals/Cyanide:

pH, % solids, nitrate-nitrite, TKN, NH3, potassium, phosphorus, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, mercury,
molybdenum, nickel, selenium, zinc, antimony, beryllium, silver, thallium, and cyanide

$472.50 chilled to ≤6º C

Resources

Maine DEP "Solid Waste Management" (overview webpage)

Maine DEP Waste Management Rules (index of rules - webpage)

Maine Waste Management Rules Chapter 405: Water Quality Monitoring, Leachate Monitoring, and Waste Characterization

Maine Waste Management Rules Chapter 419: Agronomic Utilization of Residuals

Maine DEP "Residuals, Sludge, and Compost" (webpage)

Maine DEP "Agronomic Use of Residuals" (webpage) - includes annual report forms with required analytical testing lists

Chapter 405 - Appendix C "Target Compound List" - VOCs, SVOCs, Pesticides, PCB's for agronomic solids (MEL spreadsheet): TCL list

Maine DEP "Guidance for Municipalities: Regulation of Septage and Sludge Land Application by Municipalities": http://www.maine.gov/dep/waste/residuals/documents/municipalordinanceguidance7.pdf

State of New Hampshire "Residuals Management" webpage, including the Sludge Quality Certification (SQC) Application

*Disclaimer:  Maine Environmental Laboratory provides this information as general guidance only.  Your testing requirements may be different.  The Maine Department of Environmental Protection determines specific testing regimens tailored to each situation.