NOTICE OF INTENT TO APPROVE
APPLICATION FOR MAJOR MODIFICATION
Department of Environmental Quality
Water Quality Division
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 application for the following animal feeding operation.
This Public Notice period will be from April 18, 2012, through May 18, 2012. 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).
Jane Bellamy Rohman
Plum Creek Cattle
P.O. Box 133
Cozad, NE 69130
The proposed livestock waste control facility (LWCF) is located in the Southwest Quarter, Southwest Quarter, Section 26, Township 09 North, Range 23 West, Dawson County, Nebraska. The application proposes the following major modifications: Removal of the livestock pens in Drainage Area 1B, re-naming Drainage Area and its debris basin from 1C to 1B, expansion of the existing holding pond, designation of Basin 1A as a “wet basin”.
The application indicates an existing maximum of 3,000 head of feeder cattle, and proposes no increase or decrease in head count.
The existing LWCF includes one holding pond, and two debris basins. The debris basin previously designated as Basin 1B was never constructed, and was removed from the Site Plan, along with its designated pen area.
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 Approval. Upon completion of review of any written comments received, NDEQ will make a decision on the 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. Please notify the Department if alternate formats of materials are needed. TDD users please call 711 and ask the relay operator to call us 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, P.O. Box 98922, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-8922.