Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy

Formerly the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NE DEQ)

Grain Elevators are Classified as Low Emitter Sources

All of the grain elevators in the state are classified as lower-emitting sources such as a Low Emitter or No Permit Required.  The state requires an emissions inventory report from those types of facilities once every three years.  This schedule is set by a federal EPA requirement to have states submit a comprehensive inventory of all sources every three years. The Department sends out a request to the facilities that need to report each year. In 2020, those requests will be through the online SLEIS system.

New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) Program

What is NSPS?
The Clean Air Act Amendments of 1970 required that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) develop New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for new and modified stationary sources. The NSPS was created in the Clean Air Act, Title 1, Section 111 and Section 129 (Solid Waste Combustion). The regulations are located in Title 40, Part 60 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). 

NSPS establish technology-based standards applicable to criteria pollutant emissions. Some NSPS also target non-criteria pollutants, such as acid mist, landfill gas, and fluorides. NSPS establish the minimum control requirements, known as “best-demonstrated technology” for all facilities within a specified category. In addition, some standards developed are directed toward existing sources. These standards, known as emission guidelines, are either adopted by the state within their implementation plan or implemented through a federal plan.

Each standard is aimed at a specific industry and/or emission unit. Each standard includes emission limitations (may include requirements for control equipment), monitoring, testing, reporting, and recordkeeping requirements.

More information is available at NE Deptartment of Environmental Quality

88-550. Grain dust inspections; Department of Environmental Quality; commission; duties.
The Department of Environmental Quality and the commission shall, during the course of their regular inspections required by law, inspect warehouses for conditions which are or may be conducive to grain dust explosions. Such conditions shall include, but not be limited to, the presence at the warehouse of excessive grain dust, faulty equipment, or any other condition which could reasonably lead to an explosion if not corrected. The department and commission shall report any such condition to the State Fire Marshal as soon as practicable after each inspection. Read Statute

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Clean Air Act Standards and Guidelines for Grain Industry

To learn more about the regulations and guidelines for each industry, visit the EPA website.

  • National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants – NESHAP
  • New Source Performance Standards – NSPS
  • Control Techniques Guidelines - CTG
  • Alternative Control Techniques - ACT
Industry Regulation Guideline Type
Application of Agricultural Pesticides Control of VOC Emissions from the Application of Agricultural Pesticides ACT
Cellulose Products Manufacturing Cellulose Products Manufacturing NESHAP
Grain Elevators Standards of Performance for Grain Elevators NSPS
Nutritional Yeast Manufacturing Manufacturing of Nutritional Yeast NESHAP
Prepared Feeds Manufacturing Prepared Feeds Manufacturing Area Sources NESHAP
Vegetable Oil Production Solvent Extraction for Vegetable Oil Production NESHAP
Vegetable Oil Production Control of Volatile Organic Emissions from Manufacture of Vegetable Oils CTG