Farmers who must produce a NMP can only proceed with storing solid manure in a field pile on a cultivated field if they have written and signed consent from an agronomist who is a member of the OAQ.
As for storage facilities: livestock sites for the management of liquid or solid manure must have watertight storage facilities, able to receive and accumulate material without overflowing due to the livestock manure produced in a year and guarantee that the soil on which the livestock facility is built, or planned to be built, will be protected from any contact with livestock manure. As well, evacuation equipment for livestock manure must be maintained in perfect watertight condition.
Storage facilities « doivent être aménagés de manière à empêcher les eaux de ruissellement de les atteindre » (REA, Art. 11). Therefore, they must not have overflow drains or bottom drains. However, they must have around the entire outer perimeter at or below the level of the floor or bottom of the facility, a drain not adjoined to the storage facility but with an exit connected to a manhole with a minimum interior diameter of 40 cm in order for samples to be taken. The drain must work at all times, allowing water to be evacuated and its exit must be indicated by a permanent marker. Finally, exercise yards must be planned so that the run-off water cannot reach the drain and contaminated water cannot reach any surface water. A farmer must remove the livestock manure that has been produced and accumulated in an exercise yard at least once a year.
The project notice must contain:
Some projects may also require a request for a certificate of authorization:
The request for a certificate of authorization must contain: