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Comment Period for Proposed NPDES General Permit for CAFOs Open Through June 26

The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) proposes issuance of a new General Permit under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) to prevent discharges to surface waters. CAFOs within the State of Nebraska that confine only cattle, either in open lots or under roof, are eligible for coverage.

The Public Notice period will run from May 27, 2015 through June 26, 2015

The draft permit, fact sheet and other public information are available for review online at deq.ne.gov under Public Notices, or at NDEQ’s Lincoln Office (address below) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays, excluding holidays. To request copies of the draft permit and other information, call (402) 471-2186 (TDD call operator at 711); FAX: (402) 471-2909; or E-Mail: ndeq.records@nebraska.gov. Alternate format materials are available with advance request.

All comments received during the public comment period will be considered in the final decision on issuance of this general permit. A request for a public hearing must be submitted in writing, and must state the nature of the issues proposed to be raised at a hearing. A determination to hold a hearing will be based on factual environmental or regulatory considerations. All public comments and requests for hearing may be submitted in writing to Blake Onken, Section Supervisor, Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, 1200 “N” St., Suite 400, The Atrium, PO Box 98922, Lincoln, NE 68509-8922 by the end of the public notice period.

To view PDFs of the draft NPDES General Permit and Fact Sheet, go to: