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Melcher Finish
NE 1/4, NW 1/4, Section 35, Township 18N, Range 04W, Nance County, Nebraska
Genoa, Nebraska
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Major Modification to Construction and Operating Permit
September 12, 2018
October 10, 2018


Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
Water Permits Division
Lincoln, Nebraska

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 September 12, 2018 through October 10, 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).

Jaysen Melcher
Melcher Finish
45103 N 385 Avenue
Genoa, NE 68640

The operation’s livestock waste control facilities (LWCFs) are located in the NE 1/4, NW 1/4, Section 35, Township 18N, Range 04W, Nance County, Nebraska. The existing LWCFs include three earthen lagoons and one underfloor shallow pit building with pull plugs. The application proposes to construct a new underfloor shallow pit building and remove a common berm between the two southernmost lagoons, creating a single larger storage facility. This work will result in a final configuration of two earthen storage pits and two underfloor shallow pit buildings with pull plugs.

The application indicates an existing maximum of 2,499 head of swine greater than or equal to fifty-five pounds, and proposes a new one-time maximum capacity of either 13,600 head of swine less than fifty-five pounds or 5,000 head of swine greater than or equal to fifty-five pounds.

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.