The Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy (NDEE) proposes to modify 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 a coal fired power plant for ice dusting operations to reduce jams and mitigate flooding. Ice dusting is authorized only upon proclamation by the Governor of the State of Nebraska in a disaster emergency. Receiving streams are the Platte River, Segments LP1-10000 and LP1-20000 in the Lower Platte River Basin, the Platte River, Segments MP1-10000 and MP1-20000 in the Middle Platte River Basin, and the Loup River, Segment LO1-10000 in the Loup River Basin. Modifications include the removal of the testing for radionuclides and updating the permit to change references to NDEE. The modification will not change the expiration date of the permit and will continue to 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 NDEE’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 and State Permits Section, Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy, PO Box 98922, Lincoln, NE 68509-8922 before the comment period ending date of March 6, 2021. A determination to hold a hearing will be based upon factual environmental or regulatory consideration.
NOTICE OF PERMIT ISSUANCE