Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
Summer 2009

Air Waves Capsules
The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality’s Air Quality Division publishes “Air Waves”, a bulletin intended to keep you up to date on air quality issues in Nebraska. Here are synopses of a number of articles from that bulletin. Click on the hyperlinks to see the full text of an article.

Wind & Solar Power NDEQ Air Monitor
The NDEQ Air Quality Division has invested in an innovative system to power one of its ambient air monitors. Creative staff have developed a portable wind and solar electrical generating system.
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Grants Available To Reduce Diesel Emissions
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded NDEQ a grant totaling nearly two million dollars to be used for reducing diesel emissions, stimulating Nebraska’s economy and preserving and/or creating jobs.
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Ask the AQ Lady:
Dear Air Quality Lady: Due to crazy fluctuations in ethanol demand, our ethanol plant is going to shut down temporarily. We expect the shutdown to be only for a few months. Do we have to do anything special or send any reports to NDEQ?
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Mandatory GHG Reporting Rule Proposed

On March 10, 2009, EPA proposed mandatory reporting requirements for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In general, EPA proposes that suppliers of fossil fuels or industrial GHGs, manufacturers of vehicles and engines, and facilities that emit 25,000 metric tons or more per year of GHG emissions submit annual reports to EPA.
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Courts Continue to Impact Implementation of Air Rules

On February 24, 2009, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit remanded the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) to EPA for reconsideration of the annual level of the standard (which EPA left unchanged at 15 micrograms per cubic meter) and reconsideration of the secondary PM2.5 NAAQS.
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Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
1200 "N" Street, Suite 400
P.O. Box 98922
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509
(402) 471-2186