NDEQ understands that public service is a cornerstone of our mission as a state agency. NDEQ offers a variety of assistance to help people understand and comply with state and federal environmental laws and regulations. Because there are many programs involved in providing assistance, NDEQ’s Environmental Assistance Division can help you find the most appropriate service. Listed below are the kinds of assistance we provide, as well as some helpful resources and directories. Those looking specifically for financial assistance, such as grants and loans, should go to the Financial portion of this web site.
Inspection and Compliance Guidance
Starting Sept. 1, 2020, the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy will use a Letter of Non-Compliance (LNC) to communicate when a facility is in violation of environmental regulations. In the past, the agency used different forms of correspondence, depending on the severity of the violation. By using a single tool, NDEE hopes to bring consistency, fairness, and transparency to the Return to Compliance (RTC) process.
Small Business & Public Assistance
Provides air, waste, and water environmental assistance to the regulated community and the public.
One-Stop Permit Assistance Program
(Part of the Small Business and Public Assistance Program listed above.) Helps those who may need permits evaluate what they may need to apply for and understand the application process.
Wastewater Treatment Facility Operator Certification Program
Voluntary Cleanup Program
Provides state oversight and assistance to property owners, prospective buyers, developers, lending institutions, or others wishing to initiate voluntary environmental clean up activities.
Brownfields Assistance - Section 128(a) Assessments
Brownfield Assistance provides preliminary environmental assessments to determine if there is contamination on a property.
Wellhead Protection Program and Source Water Assessment Program
Both programs assist communities and other public water suppliers in preventing contamination of their water supplies.
Assistance Coordinators and Hotlines
Air Quality Permit Hotline
Waste Management Environmental Assistance Coordinator,
Water Quality Program Assistance,
Small Business & Public Assistance Program Coordinator,
Agriculture Compliance Assistance,