March 27, 2020
A Message from NDEE Director Jim Macy
As we all navigate through the unprecedented events facing our State and Nation, please be assured that the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy (NDEE) is working diligently to prioritize the health and safety of Nebraska’s communities. While our offices are closed for virtually all public entry, our staff are working both from home and the office to be responsive to the needs of the public and environment and to provide assistance to our regulated community by telephone and email.
The obligation to comply with environmental and drinking water laws and requirements does not stop because of this pandemic either. We realize that certain environmental obligations may become more difficult for our regulated entities as they face workforce and work place issues themselves. While we recognize there will be many challenges for everyone, NDEE expects our regulated community to comply with Nebraska’s environmental laws, regulations, and permits to the best of their ability.
NDEE will provide as much flexibility and assistance as lawfully possible in these difficult times. Any Nebraska facility facing difficulties complying with environmental requirements in their operations should call or notify us by email. We will do everything in our power to work through these issues with you.
This is our commitment to you,
Links to state and federal COVID-19 resources:
New – NDEE has developed a new guidance document, “Emergency Disposal of Animal Carcasses Associated with a Non-Disease-Related Mass Mortality Event” to help Nebraska livestock producers plan to deal with catastrophic animal mortality during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional documents on this mortality management page include: memos from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture related to above ground burial and transportation of animal carcasses, a trench size worksheet, a disposal checklist and a cattle/swine burial calculator. The URL to the mass mortality guidance page is http://dee.ne.gov/publica.nsf/pages/20-006.
NDEE Director Jim Macy has issued a letter to allow a temporary period for operations to have more livestock on site than permitted for. This period should not last past June 1, 2020. A PDF of “Livestock Temporary Increase Guidance” can be found at the top of this page.
NDEE has issued a memo to provide guidance for both indoor and outdoor pools during the COVID-19 pandemic. State-Wide Directed Health Measures (DHM) and local health directives at the time of this memo require social distancing and groups no larger than 10 people. A PDF copy of this guidance memo can be found at the top of this page.
The “Waste Reduction and Recycling Grant Opportunities" webinar has been rescheduled. More information
All Wastewater Treatment Facility Operators testing has been postponed. The NDEE Test Dates calendar will be updated when new dates are established.
All Onsite Certification Exams have been postponed. The 2020 Onsite Certification Exams Schedule will be updated when new dates are established.
All in person Chemigation training dates have been postponed. The NDEE Chemigation Training calendar will be updated when new dates are established. For the online exam, go to https://water.unl.edu/article/agricultural-irrigation/chemigation*
NDEE reminds the public that sanitizing wipes are not flushable.
NDEE Director Jim Macy has issued “Guidance for Dairies Unable to Ship Milk to Processors Due to COVID-19 Pandemic”. A PDF of the document “Milk Exception Guidance” can be found at the top of this page.
A PDF map of the municipal solid waste landfills in Nebraska, with contact information, can be found at the top of this page.
Do you have questions or comments for NDEE? You can reach us online at NDEE.email@example.com.
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