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Thiele Dairy
SE 1/4, Section 14, Township 25N, Range 08W, Antelope County
Clearwater, NE 68726
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NPDES General Permit
March 11, 2020
April 13, 2020


Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy
Water Permits Division
Lincoln, Nebraska

The Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy (Department) is issuing notice to provide an opportunity for any interested person to submit written comments, objections and/or hearing requests concerning the renewal of coverage under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) Confining Cattle to the following CAFO. The opportunity to comment applies only to the CAFO listed below and not to the General Permit which has already been issued.
The Public Comment Period will run from March 11, 2020 through April 13, 2020.
Application Number
Name of Applicant
Thiele Dairy
Name of Operation
Thiele Dairy
Authorized Representative
Bill Thiele
City/State/Zip Code
84925 515th Ave.
Clearwater, NE 68726
Legal Description
SE 1/4, Section 14, Township 25N, Range 08W, Antelope County
Animal Capacity and Type
1,850 head of Dairy Cattle on 4.4 acres of Total Drainage Area
Type of Livestock Waste Control Facility
Five (5) Gutter/Flush Freestall Barns, One (1) Sick Barn, One (1) Special Needs Barn, Two (2) Earthen Storage Pits, Two (2) Reception Pits, One (1) Sand Barn, One (1) Sand Settling Lane, One (1) Sand Stacking Pad, One (1) Solids Separator Building, One (1) Solid Stacking Pad, Two (2) Lift Stations, Four (4) Diversions, Two (2) Wet Wells, and One (1) Holding Barn/Milk Parlor.
Discharge Limits
The earthen storage pits must be designed, constructed, operated and maintained to control the manure, litter and process wastewater generated during the storage period plus the runoff produced by a 25-year, 24-hour storm event (4.8 inches).
The storage period capacity for the confinement buildings must be no less than total amount of manure, litter and process waste water generated in 180 days.
Section(s) Of The NMP
Permit Terms of the Nutrient Management Plan (NMP)
Section 7A
1. Ensure adequate storage of manure, litter, and process wastewater, including procedures to ensure proper operation and maintenance of the storage facilities.
Section 8
2. Ensure proper management of mortalities.
Section 7 A
3. Ensure clean water is diverted.
Section 7B
4. Prevent direct contact of animals with waters of the State.
Section 8
5. Ensure chemicals and other contaminants are properly handled onsite.
Section 8
6. Site-specific conservation practices are implemented, including as appropriate, buffers or equivalent practices to control runoff of pollutants to waters of the State.
Section 8
7. Site-specific setback maps not included in #6 above.
Section 7A
8. Ensure specific records are maintained as required in Part II, Section E, Table A.
Section 7A, 7B, & 8
9. Implement protocols to land apply manure, litter, and process wastewater to ensure agricultural utilization of the nutrients in the manure, litter, and process wastewater using the narrative rate approach:
· Fields available for land application
· Timing limitations for land application
· Nitrogen & phosphorus transport risk assessment result
· Planned crops or other usage
· Alternative crops
· Realistic annual crop yield goal
· Total N & P recommendations per crop
· Narrative rate approach methodology, to account for:
o Soil test results;
o Credits for plant available N in the field;
o Amount of N & P in the manure, litter, and process wastewater to be applied;
o Consideration of multi-year P application;
o Accounting for all other additions of plant available N & P to the field;
o Form and source of manure, litter, & process wastewater;
o Timing and method of land application;
o Volatilization of nitrogen and mineralization of organic nitrogen.
· Maximum amount of N & P from all sources
Section 7A, 7B, & 8
10. Ensure protocols for appropriate testing of manure, litter, process wastewater, and soil are followed.
Land Application Practices
The proposal is to land apply effluent through a pump and power unit that connects to a center pivot system. Solid waste will be land applied by dry manure spreader. Slurry will be land applied by tanker or drag hose injection. Land application agreements with neighboring landowners have been signed.
Land Application Sites
NE 06 N 25 W 07
SW 23 N 25 W 08
NW 26 N 25 W 08
SW 06 N 25 W 07
NW 24 N 25 W 08
NE 27 N 25 W 08
NE 04 N 25 W 08
SE 24 N 25 W 08
NE 33 N 25 W 08
SE 11 N 25 W 08
SW 24 N 25 W 08
SE 01 N 26 W 08
NW 13 N 25 W 08
NW 25 N 25 W 08
SE 02 N 26 W 08
SW 13 N 25 W 08
SW 25 N 25 W 08
SW 02 N 26 W 08
SE 14 N 25 W 08
NE 26 N 25 W 08

End of Public Comment Period
April 13, 2020
This renewed coverage under the NPDES General Permit would be for a period of up to five years, and would restrict pollutant discharges to comply with the requirements of Department regulations. The application includes a detailed nutrient management plan from which permit terms have been identified.

The application for General Permit coverage, nutrient management plan 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 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 on granting a renewal of coverage under the NPDES 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 must be submitted in writing to: Agriculture Section, Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy, PO Box 98922, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-8922.