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Major Modification of Fossil Fuel Combustion Ash Landfill Permit
August 18, 2017
September 18, 2017

for OPPD Nebraska City NC2 Fossil Fuel Combustion Ash Landfill
under consideration by the
Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality

PUBLIC NOTICE is given in accordance with Title 132 - Integrated Solid Waste Management Regulations, Chapter 2, §011, that the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) has received an application to modify the permit of the OPPD Nebraska City NC2 Fossil Fuel Combustion Ash Landfill. After review of the permit application, a preliminary determination has been made to recommend approval of the modification of the permit.

FACILITY DESCRIPTION. The permit allows the operation of an existing fossil fuel combustion ash disposal area under Nebraska's solid waste management laws and regulations. The fossil fuel combustion ash disposal area shall dispose of fossil fuel combustion ash which by definition shall mean flyash, bottom ash, slag, and flue gas emission control ash generated from utility plants or other facilities in which coal is the primary fuel source.

MODIFICATION. The major modification allows the facility to build Cells 2 and 3 with a waste elevation at a safe distance above the highest recorded ground water level in the construction area instead of 5 feet higher than elevations in the initial hydrological study. To further protect the ground water, the facility proposes to raise the base contours one foot and line the sump pit and leachate pond with high density poly-ethylene (HDPE) overlaid with geo-synthetic clay liner (GCL) with another HDPE liner overlaid on top. Also a new ground water well is proposed to be constructed just down gradient of the southeast corner of the proposed leachate pond.

FACILITY LOCATION. The property is located at 7264 L Road, Nebraska City, NE. The legal description of OPPD Nebraska City NC2 Fossil Fuel Combustion Ash Landfill is the S ½ SE ¼ Section 25 Township 8 North Range 14 East of the 6th Principal Meridian Otoe County, Nebraska.

OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT AND HEARING. When a permit is modified, only the conditions subject to modification are reopened. All other aspects of the existing permit shall remain in effect for the duration of the unmodified permit.

A public hearing will be held at the Rowe Safety Complex, 1518 Central Avenue, Nebraska City starting at 6:30P.M. on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. Further requests for a hearing must be made in writing and state the issues proposed for discussion and their relation to the proposed modification. Public comments and hearing requests shall be made to: David Haldeman, Waste Division Administrator, Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, 1200 'N' Street, Suite 400, The Atrium, P.O. Box 98922, Lincoln, NE 68509-8922.

The NDEQ will make a final decision to approve or deny the permit modification based on the permit application, the compliance status of OPPD Nebraska City NC2 Fossil Fuel Combustion Ash Landfill, and public comment received. NDEQ will publish notice of the final decision and notify the applicant and other interested persons.

COMMENT PERIOD. All comments or requests for a hearing must be postmarked by September 18, 2017.

RECORDS AVAILABILITY. Copies of the draft permit, legal notice and administrative record are available at the Morton James Public Library, 923 1st Corso, Nebraska City, NE; and at the Lincoln headquarters of the NDEQ, 1200 N Street, Suite 400, The Atrium, Lincoln, NE between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays. Materials may be viewed online at Select "Public Notices" and then "Waste Management".

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION. Persons with a disability and needing accommodation should notify the Department by calling (402) 471-2186. TDD relay service users should call (800) 833-7352 and ask the relay operator to call the Department at (402) 471-2186.

FURTHER INFORMATION. Interested parties may obtain additional information from William Gidley, Waste Management Section Supervisor (402) 471-4210.