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Notice of Approval of the Primacy Application for National Primary Drinking Water Regulations for the State of Nebraska

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


Notice of approval and solicitation of requests for a public hearing.


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hereby giving notice that the State of Nebraska is revising its approved Public Water Supply Supervision Program under the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. The EPA has determined that these revisions are no less stringent than the corresponding Federal regulations. Therefore, the EPA intends to approve these program revisions.


This determination to approve the Nebraska program revision is made pursuant to 40 CFR 142.12(d) (3). This determination shall become final and effective on November 14, 2016, unless (1) a timely and appropriate request for a public hearing is received or (2) the Regional Administrator elects to hold a public hearing on his own motion. Any interested person, other than Federal Agencies, may request a public hearing. A request for a public hearing must be submitted to the Regional Administrator at the address shown below by November 14, 2016. If a substantial request for a public hearing is made within the requested thirty-day time frame, a public hearing will be held and a notice will be given in the Federal Register and a newspaper of general circulation. Frivolous or insubstantial requests for a hearing may be denied by the Regional Administrator. If no timely and appropriate request for a hearing is received, and the Regional Administrator does not elect to hold a hearing on his own motion, this determination will become effective on November 14, 2016. All interested parties may request a public hearing on the approval to the Regional Administrator at the EPA Region 7 address shown below.


Any request for a public hearing shall include the following information: (1) Name, address and telephone number of the individual, organization or other entity requesting a hearing; (2) a brief statement of the requesting person's interest in the Start Printed Page 70421Regional Administrator's determination and a brief statement on information that the requesting person intends to submit at such hearing; (3) the signature of the individual making the request or, if the request is made on behalf of an organization or other entity, the signature of a responsible official of the organization or other entity. Requests for Public Hearing shall be addressed to: Regional Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7, 11201 Renner Boulevard, Lenexa, Kansas 66219.

All documents relating to this determination are available for inspection between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at the following offices: Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, 301 Centennial Mall South, 3rd Floor, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-5007. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7, Water Wetlands and Pesticides Division, Drinking Water Management Branch, 11201 Renner Blvd, Lenexa, Kansas 66219.

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Kenneth L. Deason, Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7, Drinking Water Management Branch, (913) 551-7585, or by email at

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Notice is hereby given that the EPA has determined to approve an application by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services to incorporate the following EPA National Primary Drinking Water Regulations: (1) Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (January 5, 2006, 71 FR 654); (2) Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule (January 4, 2006, 71 FR 388, Vol. 71, No. 2); (3) Ground Water Rule (November 8, 2006), 71 FR 65574); (4) for Lead and Copper: Short-Term Regulatory Revisions and Clarifications (October 10, 2007, 72 FR 57782). The application demonstrates that Nebraska has adopted drinking water regulations which satisfy the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations. The EPA has determined that Nebraska's regulations are no less stringent than the corresponding Federal regulations and that Nebraska continues to meet all requirements for primary enforcement responsibility as specified in 40 CFR 142.10.

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(Authority: Section 1413 of the Safe Drinking Water Act, as amended, and 40 CFR 142.10, 142.12(d) and 142.13)

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Dated: September 28, 2016.

Mike Brincks,

Acting Regional Administrator, Region 7.

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[FR Doc. 2016-24660 Filed 10-11-16; 8:45 am]