Focus On Environmental Quality Council
November 15, 2017
The Cornhusker Hotel
333 S. 13th Street
Lincoln, Nebraska


.Agenda

November 15, 2017
10:00 AM CST
001
Roll Call
002
Announcements

003
Minutes of June 13, 2017 Meeting

004
Reports of EQC Members

005
Report of DEQ Director

006
Old Business

007
New Business

008
Election of Officers

009
Next Meeting

010
Public Hearing on the 2018 Litter Percent Allocations (document is attached on the bottom of this page)

011
Adjournment

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND PUBLIC MEETING STATE OF NEBRASKA
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY (NDEQ) ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY COUNCIL

Notice is hereby given pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stats. §81-1505(17), §84-907, and §84-1411, the Nebraska Environmental Quality Council (EQC) will hold a meeting and public hearing on November 15, 2017 beginning at 10:00 A.M. Central Time (CT) at the Cornhusker Hotel, 333 South 13th St., Lincoln, Nebraska. Preceding the hearing will be business items on the agenda. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. CT or as soon thereafter as can reasonably be heard. The purpose of the hearing is to take testimony and evidence about the proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Funding Percentage Allocations for the Litter Reduction and Recycling Grant Program, as outlined in this notice. The meeting agenda and a draft copy of the proposal scheduled for hearing are available at the NDEQ’s Lincoln office, 1200 N St., Suite 400, Lincoln, NE and on the NDEQ website at http://deq.ne.gov.

All interested persons may attend and testify orally or by written submission at the public hearing. Any person may provide advance notice of intent to testify by contacting Carla Felix, Hearing Officer, NDEQ, 1200 N St., Suite 400, P.O. Box 98922, Lincoln, NE 68509-8922. Unscheduled testimony will be heard following scheduled testimony. Interested persons may also submit written comments to Carla Felix prior to the hearing, which will be entered into the hearing record if received at the Lincoln office by 5:00 P.M. CT, November 14, 2017.

Please notify the NDEQ at least one week in advance of the EQC meeting if auxiliary aids or reasonable accommodations or alternate formats of materials are needed. Contact phone number is 402-471-2186. TDD users call 800-833-7352 and ask the relay operator to call us at 402-471-2186.

A public hearing will be held on the following:
  1. Litter Reduction and Recycling Grant Program, 2018 Funding Percentage Allocations. The NDEQ administers the Litter Reduction and Recycling Grant Fund in percentage amounts to grantees for projects within three categories: public education, cleanup, and recycling. Neb. Rev. Stat. §81-1561 requires the EQC to annually determine the percentages for each category. A statewide litter fee is the source of revenue for the fund. At this hearing, the EQC will take action on the NDEQ recommendations for percentage amounts. For the Year 2018, the NDEQ recommends the following percentage allocations: recycling 59.8%, public education 34.4%, and cleanup 5.8% with additional approval to adjust these percentages by up to 10%. All persons affected by the proposed allocations are hereby notified that modifications may be offered to the proposed percentage allocations or the EQC may propose new allocations. The EQC will vote to adopt, amend or not approve the NDEQ proposal after hearing and considering all the testimony and written submissions.