NOTICE OF INTENT TO APPROVE AN APPLICATION FOR MAJOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATING PERMIT
Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
Water Permits Division
Pursuant to the Neb. Rev. Stat. 54-2425 (4) as amended, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (Department) is issuing notice to provide an opportunity for any interested person to submit written comments on the proposed decision for the following concentrated animal feeding operation.
This public comment period will be from August 16, 2018 through September 17, 2018. Comments made should pertain to issues for which the Department has authority under the Livestock Waste Management Act (Neb. Rev. Stat. Section 54-2416 through 54-2435).
Ritch A. Blythe
Valley View Feeders, Inc. - West
10463 Road 747
Overton, NE 68863
Valley View Feeders, Inc. - East
74619 F Road
Overton, NE 68863
The operation’s livestock waste control facilities (LWCFs) are located in the SE 1/4, Section 14 & SE 1/4, Section 24, Township 08N, Range 20W and SW 1/4, Section 19, Township 08N, Range 19W, Phelps County, Nebraska. The application proposes to combine two existing animal feeding operations under one permit. No new construction is proposed, and the existing LWCF consist of four holding ponds and four debris basins.
The application indicates an existing maximum of 7,150 head of Feeder Cattle or Bison. No change to the animal head count is proposed at this time.
The Department has reviewed the application to ensure compliance with the Livestock Waste Management Act and Title 130 – Livestock Waste Control Regulations. Currently, the Department intends to approve the application for a major modification to the previously issued Construction and Operating Permit. Upon completion of review of any written comments received, the Department will make a final decision on the permit application and respond to any comments.
The application and other public information is available for review and copying between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (CT), weekdays at the Department's Office, Suite 400, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Lincoln, Nebraska, telephone (402) 471-2186. Individuals requiring special accommodations or alternate formats of materials should notify the Department by calling (402) 471-2186. TDD users should call (800) 833-7352 and ask the relay operator to call the Department at (402) 471-2186. Please include the above name and legal description of the animal feeding operation.
All comments should be sent to: Agriculture Section, Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, PO Box 98922, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-8922.