The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) proposes to reissue with change the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), 2433 NW 24th Street., Lincoln, NE (NPDES# NE0132152; SIC 9229). The permit authorizes the use of bottom ash from coal fired electrical power stations for ice dusting operations. Ice dusting is authorized only upon proclamation by the Governor of the State of Nebraska or a duly authorized representative under NEMA due to flooding potential caused by ice buildup. Receiving streams are the Middle Platte River, segment MP1-10000 and MP1-20000 of the Middle Platte River Basin, and the Lower Platte River, segments LP1-10000 and LP1-20000 of the Lower Platte River Basin. The permit would be issued for a period of up to five years and would restrict pollutant discharges to comply with the requirements of Department regulations. The draft permit, fact sheet and other public information are available for review at NDEQ’s Lincoln Office (address below) between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. weekdays, excluding holidays. To request copies of the draft permit and other information, call 402-471-3557. 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. Written comments, objection and/or hearing requests concerning permit issuance may be submitted to Kim Bubb, NPDES/NPP Permits Unit, Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, 1200 N St., Suite 400, the Atrium, PO Box 98922, Lincoln, NE 68509-8922 before the comment period ending date of July 29, 2018. A determination to hold a hearing will be based upon factual environmental or regulatory consideration.
NOTICE OF PERMIT ISSUANCE