|The Assistance Division is here to provide information and assistance to the public and the regulated community, and consists of the following programs: Small Business and Public Assistance, Homeland Security, and Quality Assurance.||.|
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The Division, primarily through the efforts of the Small Business and Public Assistance Coordinator, is responsible for the planning and conduct of various outreach events and maintaining the Department’s Directory of Environmental Consultants and Engineers,. The purpose of this Directory is to provide the user a comprehensive listing of consultant/engineering firms organized by the environmental services they provide. The Division also coordinates the Department’s Grow Nebraska Team. The team’s purpose is to provide guidance to businesses looking to start up in Nebraska with respect to the permits they may need from the NDEQ. As part of that effort, the NDEQ permitting matrix is an online tool businesses or individuals can use for gathering relevant permit information toward “Making Compliance Easy”. They can then follow up with the NDEQ’s Grow Nebraska Team to schedule a One-Stop Permit meeting where appropriate NDEQ staff will meet with you to address any questions or concerns you have regarding potential permits, regulatory processes, and other issues you may have.
The Division continues to coordinate environmental partnership efforts with the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD). The overall objective of the Partnership is to capitalize on the strengths of each organization and make strides toward a sustainable Nebraska. Three of the primary efforts of the Partnership have been:
- Sponsorship of the “Power Summit,” which brings those responsible for generation electricity together with environmental regulators for purposes of examining topics of mutual interest.
- In cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture – Rural Development and the EPA AgStar Program, continuing the promotion of the capture and use of methane from concentrated animal feeding operations.
- The Partnership is involved in the examination of energy conservation issues with small communities and their publicly-owned wastewater treatment plants.