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Jacobs Cattle Co.
SE 1/4, SW 1/4, Section 23 and NE 1/4, NW 1/4, Section 26, Township 17N, Range 14W, Valley County, Nebraska
North Loup, Nebraska
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Revoke a Construction Approval
June 11, 2018
August 13, 2018


Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
Water Permits Division
Lincoln, Nebraska

The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (Department) is issuing notice to provide an opportunity for any interested person to submit written comments, objections, and/or hearing requests concerning the revocation of a Construction and Operating Permit issued to the following animal feeding operation (AFO).
The Public Comment period will run from July 11, 2018 through August 13, 2018.

Aaron Jacobs
Jacobs Cattle Co.
47805 800th Road
North Loup, NE 68859

The Department proposes to revoke the Construction Approval issued to the AFO located in the SE 1/4, SW 1/4, Section 23 and NE 1/4, NW 1/4, Section 26, Township 17N, Range 14W, Valley County, Nebraska.

This proposed revocation is based on a June 10, 2016 inspection conducted by Department representatives in accordance with the Nebraska Livestock Waste Management Act and Title 130, Livestock Waste Control Regulations. At the time of inspection, the AFO had reduced livestock numbers, and is currently operating as a small AFO. According to Title 130, Chapter 2, 001, any small AFO is exempt from permit requirements, unless the AFO has discharged pollutants to waters of the State. The inspection revealed no evidence that the AFO had discharged pollutants to waters of the State and determined it is not likely that such a discharge might occur. As a result, the Department deems the operation eligible for an exemption from permitting requirements upon revocation of the permits.

Revocation of this permit by the Department does not relieve the operation of other duties and responsibilities under the Nebraska Environmental Protection Act, the Nebraska Livestock Waste Management Act or Title 130. Principally, the operation is responsible for preventing any discharge of livestock waste to waters of the State. Department staff will conduct periodic inspections of the operation to monitor compliance with these regulatory requirements. Violations of state regulations could result in fines, civil or criminal penalties or removal of the livestock from the operation. If, in the future, the AFO would seek to expand or modify its current operating style, they must first request an inspection by the Department prior to starting construction or implementing any modifications.

The inspection report, fact sheet and other public information are available for review and copying between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (CT), weekdays, excluding holidays at the Department's Office, Suite 400, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Lincoln, Nebraska, 68508-8922; Telephone (402) 471-2186; FAX: (402) 471-2909; or E-Mail: 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 concentrated animal feeding operation.

All comments received during the public comment period will be considered in the final decision for revocation of the Construction and Operating Permit. A request for a public hearing must be submitted in writing and must state the nature of the issues proposed to be raised at a hearing. A determination to hold a hearing will be based on factual environmental or regulatory considerations. All public comments and requests for hearings may be submitted in writing to: Agriculture Section, Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, PO Box 98922, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-8922