Nebraska Revised Statute 54-2431

Chapter 54 Section 2431

54-2431.

Applications; rejection; when; disciplinary actions; grounds.

(1) For purposes of this section:

(a) Applicant means the person who has applied for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit, a construction and operating permit, or a major modification of a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit or construction and operating permit, but does not include any other person who is a relative, partner, member, shareholder, resident, parent company, subsidiary, or other affiliate of the applicant;

(b) Discharge violation means a discharge, found by the department after investigation, notice, and hearing, to have been caused intentionally or negligently by the applicant or permitholder; and

(c) Permitholder means the person who has received a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit, a construction and operating permit, or a major modification of a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit or construction and operating permit, but does not include any other person who is a relative, partner, member, shareholder, resident, parent company, subsidiary, or other affiliate of the permitholder.

(2) Notwithstanding the rules and regulations adopted and promulgated under subdivision (1)(e) of section 54-2435, the department may reject an application for a new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit, an application for a new construction and operating permit, or an application for a major modification of a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit or a construction and operating permit, and the department may revoke or suspend a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit or construction and operating permit, upon a finding pursuant to subsection (3) of this section that the applicant or permitholder is unsuited to perform the obligations of a permitholder.

(3) The applicant or permitholder shall be determined unsuited to perform the obligations of a permitholder if the department finds, upon an investigation and hearing, that within the past five years the applicant or permitholder:

(a) Has committed three separate and distinct discharge violations at the same animal feeding operation in Nebraska owned or operated by the applicant or permitholder; or

(b) Has a criminal conviction for a violation of section 81-1506 or a felony criminal conviction for violation of the environmental law in any jurisdiction.