Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
Winter 2010

NDEQ 2009 Manager, Employee of the Year

Dale Busch (left) with Governor Dave Heineman.Dale Busch
NDEQ Manager of the Year

Dale devoted tremendous time and effort into getting NDEQ’s Quality Assurance processes in place so the Petroleum Remediation Program could more fully utilize the program’s three state contractors.

The Program has several hundred orphan sites on a waiting list with significant amounts of federal money that has to be spent in a short time. Therefore, we decided to make all state contractors available to work on the federally funded sites.

Dale agreed to lead this effort. Dale wrote, reviewed and edited many pages of documents. He completed all the Master QAPPs (Quality Assurance Project Plans) and other procedures, had everything approved and usable in a couple of months. During this time, Dale typically worked overtime each week. Dale continued the process by getting all other procedures finished. He also provided training for our project managers in using the procedures.

Steven Moeller
NDEQ Employee of the Year

Steve Moeller (right) with NDEQ Director Mike LinderSteve is a valuable, positive and popular employee of the NDEQ. He is on a years-long plateau of crowded and demanding case-load. He has been vigorously and successfully litigating the legislature’s “three strike” provision regarding “bad actor” confined livestock feeding operations. His efforts are challenged by talented and well-funded operations, yet he prevails consistently. He has been recently very active in the Department’s efforts to suppress illegal septic disposal practices. This requires great ingenuity and persistence in dealing with septic disposal operations that do not conform to regulations.

Steve continually extends himself for employees by providing training and answers to questions about legal issues. Steve volunteered to instruct the field services staff in the complex area of inspection and search warrant practice. Steve used humor to attract and heighten interest, with visual graphics, costume and textual materials evocative of the relentless Hawaii Inspector played by Jack Lord, to enliven and transcend normal instruction.

Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
1200 "N" Street, Suite 400
P.O. Box 98922
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509
(402) 471-2186