Request Public Records

The following options are available to review the public records of the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality:


Online Document Searches

Facility-related documents have been imaged into the State of Nebraska’s Enterprise Content Management System (ECM) since April 2011. The ECM is the repository of official facility records that are created or received by the agency. Documents that have been scanned into the ECM are available to review from our Public Records Search . To use this option, the facility number and program are required. Call 402-471-3557 or email ndeq.records@nebraska.gov to obtain a facility number for a records search.

The search will return a maximum of up to 500 of the most recent documents. The date fields are optional for a records search, but a date range may be required to view older documents.

Documents received or generated prior to April 2011 may NOT be available for viewing through the Public Records Search.

If the search returns with no documents available, or if you need to access older documents, follow the instructions for Submit a Request for Information.

Interactive Map Server on the NDEQ Webpage

Documents that have been scanned into the ECM are also available to review from the Interactive Map Server. With this option a search may be performed by city, county, or part of a facility name. Other area search tools exist within the Map Server. The ability to view document images within the map server application is restricted to the most recent 500 images. If a message appears prompting a more narrow search to view additional documents, please use the Public Records Search portion of the web site to enter a date range for desired documents.

Documents received or generated prior to April 2011 may NOT be available for viewing through the map server.

If the search returns with no documents available, or if you need to access older documents, follow the instructions for Submit a Request for Information.

Submit a Request for Information

Requests must be in writing and can be:
faxed to: 402-471-2909,
emailed to:
ndeq.records@nebraska.gov or
mailed to the following address:
DEQ Records Management Section
1200 N Street, Suite 400
PO Box 98922
Lincoln, NE 68509-8922.
Requests for information or photocopies are responded to within four business days. If the request is extensive or difficult to process within four business days, the NDEQ will provide the requester with a written explanation, a good faith estimated completion date, and an estimated charge for copies. The requester may then modify or prioritize the request.

Visit the office at 1200 N Street, Suite 400, in Lincoln.

An appointment may be scheduled to review files that are still maintained in paper form. Schedule a file review through the NDEQ Records Management Section, 402-471-3557 or ndeq.records@nebraska.gov. All file reviews are conducted within the NDEQ Lincoln office. Photocopies of documents are available upon request. Each request will be assessed charges in accordance with the rate list below, plus postage and Nebraska sales tax.

Rate Schedule

Each request will be assessed charges in accordance with the list below, plus postage and Nebraska sales tax.

1-20 photocopies – no charge
Over 20 photocopies - .25 per page, including the first 20 copies
1-20 Scanned pages – no charge
Over 20 scanned pages is .25 per page including the first 20 pages
CD/DVD reproduction - $10.00
Microfilm reproduction - $25.00

Oversize documents may require additional time and expense for reproduction. Rates are dependent upon the reproduction method. Staff time may be assessed at $25 per hour.

The public may bring photocopy equipment to NDEQ’s Lincoln office and copy documents at their own expense.

The agency may require a deposit before fulfilling a request for photocopies/scans, if estimated reproduction charges exceed $50. Payment of delinquent accounts for copies/scans previously provided may be required to obtain additional photocopies. In addition, advance payment may be required if an individual or an entity has been delinquent in payment for copies previously provided.

Some documents the department deems to have broad appeal have been mass-produced or may exist on the agency web site. These items are free to the public and include brochures from NDEQ and EPA, annual reports, rules and regulations, news releases and other documents.


Requests that require research or assembly of information that has not been compiled are beyond the scope of the public records statute.