The Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 require each State to prepare a plan for helping small businesses comply with provisions of the Act through the creation of compliance assistance programs. Section 507 of the Act requires states to prepare a small business environmental compliance assistance program, establish an “ombudsman” to act as a liaison between small businesses and the associated regulatory programs, and to form a Small Business Compliance Advisory Panel of not less than seven individuals. In 1992, Nebraska adopted enabling legislation codified as Nebraska Revised Statute §81-1505.03 calling for the creation of the Small Business Compliance Advisory Panel and outlining its responsibilities. The plan developed by NDEE provided water quality and waste management assistance in addition to the required assistance with air quality issues. In NDEE’s plan, the ombudsman responsibilities are fulfilled by the Small Business and Public Assistance Coordinator.