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December 22, 2005 —News Release STATE DECISION ON POWER PLANT PERMIT UPHELD BY EPA — The Environmental Appeals Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a written decision released late Wednesday upheld a permit issued by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection. NDEP issued the permit to Newmont Nevada Energy Investment for the construction of the TS Power Plant near the town of Dunphy in Eureka County, Nev. The permit was challenged by the Association for Clean Energy and brought before the EAB. In an 82-page decision, the EAB upheld the State permit decision in its entirety and denied the petition for review on all counts.

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November 17, 2005 — Press Release NDEP UNVEILS THE NEVADA MERCURY AIR EMISSIONS CONTROL PROGRAM CARSON CITY—Today the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection officially launched the Nevada Mercury Air Emissions Control Program for precious metal mining operations. NDEP evaluated the former Voluntary Mercury Reduction Program and, with stakeholder involvement, proposed enhancements and control mechanisms to build on the success of that program.

For more details see: Nevada Mercury Air Emissions Control Program webpage

October 25, 2005 — NEWS RELEASE — Yerington Paiute Tribe and Nevada Division of Environmental Protection to Sign Consultation Protocol — At 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 25, the Yerington Paiute Tribe and the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection will sign the first protocol between Tribal Government and the State of Nevada at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 407 N. Virginia Street, Reno, Nev. — Read Press Release

October 25, 2005 — Media Advisory - TRIBE AND STATE TO SIGN HISTORIC PROTOCOL — Official signing of consultation protocol between the Yerington Paiute Tribe and the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection —— — The Yerington Paiute Tribe and the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection will sign a Consultation Protocol at 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 25 at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino at 407 N. Virginia Street, Reno, Nev. This official signing marks the first protocol to be signed between Tribal Government and the State of Nevada. The ceremony takes place in conjunction with the 40th Annual Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada Convention during the general session.

October 21, 2005 — EARTH DAY ZERO WASTE COMES FULL CIRCLE AS COMPOST —Nevada Division of Environmental Protection promotes recycling

CARSON CITY- Nearly 1,700 pounds of waste was diverted from the landfill during the 2005 Northern Nevada and Tahoe/Truckee Earth Day celebrations and the compost from these events is now ready to be recycled into local parks. In 2005, the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) encouraged waste reduction and recycling at Earth Day events in Reno and Tahoe/Truckee by leading Zero Waste efforts. NDEP partners, Full Circle Compost, Environmental Leadership's Northern Nevada Earth Day Committee and the Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Committee, have teamed up to distribute Earth Day compost at the North Lake Tahoe Demonstration Garden at 10 a.m. Thursday, October 20 and at Teglia's Paradise Park Community Garden in northeast Reno at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 21.

September 2005 —Nevada kids to become water experts CARSON CITY-The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection teamed up with Project WET (water education for teachers) International and the Bureau of reclamation Fallon office to develop a new tool to educate Nevada students about water resources. Discover the Waters of Nevada is designed to inform fourth through sixth grade students about water through an exploration of Nevada's ecosystems. The full-color 32-page booklet includes facts, experiments, puzzles and educational activities centered around the theme of Nevada's water resources.
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September 01, 2005 — NDEP will hold a public meeting regarding wastewater treatment in Pahrump, Nevada — NDEP will host a meeting to provide a public forum for discussion about the Pahrump area wastewater treatment status as it relates to Utilities, Inc. of Central Nevada (UICN) Plant #3 and Plant "F" at 5:30 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 1 at the Bob Ruud Community Center, Hall Room, 150 North Highway 160 in Pahrump, Nev.
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August 19, 2005 — Thaoe Summit: State Leaders to Discuss Water Quality and Planning to Restore Lake Tahoe — CARSON CITY-Allen Biaggi, director of the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Leo Drozdoff, administrator of the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection will speak Sunday morning at the 2005 Lake Tahoe Summit at Commons Beach in Tahoe City. A panel discussion on water quality includes remarks by Allen Biaggi on the past, present and future of protecting Lake Tahoe. A planning panel includes remarks by Leo Drozdoff on the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) and what it means for Lake Tahoe.

August 04, 2005 — State to Enhance Nevada Mercury Control Program The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection is moving forward with the development of an enhanced Nevada Mercury Control Program for air emissions from metal mining operations.

July 27, 2005 — DIVISION OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION: NEW BUILDING, NEW LEADERS NDEP promotes two supervisors to chief positions to run air and water quality programs and welcomes the safe drinking water program from the Nevada State Health Division CARSON CITY—This week the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection promoted two women, Jennifer Carr, P.E., and Kathy Sertic, to lead the Bureaus of Air Quality Planning and Water Quality Planning respectively.

June 28, 2005 — DIVISION OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION RELOCATES TO NEW BUILDING Beginning Wednesday June 29, the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection will be moving to a new building at 901 South Stewart Street in Carson City.

For at least a week, the agency will be in transition and contact with staff may be limited. Computers and phone systems will be down temporarily. NDEP anticipates that the move will be completed by Friday, July 8. ”We will make every effort to minimize disruption of services to the regulated community and members of the public,” NDEP Administrator Leo Drozdoff said. “We look forward to welcoming the community at the official open house of the Richard H. Bryan Building—home to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources—from 4 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, July 14.”

The Richard H. Bryan State Office Building will house the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources including NDEP, Water Resources, State Parks, State Lands, Conservation Districts and Natural Heritage Program. NDEP is the first division to make the move. Forestry and the Wild Horse Program will not be housed in the Richard H. Bryan Building. The Division of Forestry will move into a new building slated for completion in 2006.

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May 11, 2005 — TOXIC RELEASE INVENTORY IN NEVADA: 2003 Public Data Release CARSON CITY— The US Environmental Protection Agency has released data contained in the 2003 annual Toxic Release Inventory (TRI). This ‘community right to know’ law is designed to provide citizens with information about chemicals used, processed, manufactured or released from facilities in their communities. A facility is subject to TRI reporting requirements if it has 10 or more employees and handles any of the listed toxic chemicals in amounts exceeding specified threshold quantities. In Nevada, 111 facilities submitted reports of 2003 TRI releases. Read Press Release

May 05, 2005 — STATE PARTICIPATES IN FIRST-EVER TAHOE DRINKING WATER FORUM — NDEP promotes Snapshot Day—fifth annual citizen-based water-quality monitoring event CARSON CITY— Allen Biaggi, director of the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Jon Palm, chief Bureau Water Pollution Control for the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection and Andy Huray, manager public health engineering for the Nevada State Health Division, will speak Thursday morning at the first-ever Lake Tahoe Drinking Water Forum at the Chateau Golf Course/Community Center, Incline Village General Improvement District, 955 Fairway Blvd. in Incline Village, Nev.— Read Press Release

April 29, 2005 — STATE SUPPORTS CONTINUATION OF VOLUNTARY MERCURY AIR EMISSIONS REDUCTION PROGRAM FOR MININGVMRP partners initiating program review to determine the need for enhancements

CARSON CITY- The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection is responsible for the protection of human health and the environment. Although mercury is a hazardous air pollutant, there is no federal standard for mercury emissions from mining operations. Therefore, the US Environmental Protection Agency and NDEP developed a voluntary partnership program with several metal mining companies in Nevada to reduce mercury emissions. The Voluntary Mercury Air Emissions Reduction Program (VMRP) was launched in 2002 and nearly three years since the programs' inception, mercury emissions have been significantly reduced — Read Press Release

May 02, 2005 — Press News - Elko Daily Free Press

April 18, 2005 — NDEP Supports Earth Day —The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection is the State's primary agency responsible for environmental outreach and education. That's why in 2005 NDEP will support Earth Day events in Reno, Tahoe/Truckee, South Lake Tahoe, Pahrump and Winnemucca — Read Press Release

March 17, 2005 — Public Service Announcement — Pahrump Mercury Collection Event and Thermometer Exchange — Keep Mercury away from Kids with Safe Disposal — CARSON CITY— Nye County Public Works Department in partnership with its contractor Southwest Environmental Services and the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection will provide a free opportunity to properly dispose of household mercury from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Mar. 19 at the Southwest Environmental Services Pahrump Valley Disposal near the Pahrump Valley Landfill at 1410 Mesquite Road in Pahrump — Read Press Release

March 17, 2005 — Public Service Announcement — Tonopah Mercury Collection Event and Thermometer Exchange — Keep Mercury away from Kids with Safe Disposal — CARSON CITY— Nye County Public Works Department and the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection will provide a free opportunity to properly dispose of household mercury from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fri., Mar. 18 at the Nye County Road Department Office at 377 North Jackson Street in Tonopah. — Read Press Release

Related Information on this website:  Mercury — What You Need to Know

March 10, 2005 — State Directs Cleanup of Stead Solvent Contamination —State-of-the-art remediation system is now extracting trichloroethene (TCE) — CARSON CITY- The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection announced that the state-of-the-art equipment used to clean up trichloroethene (TCE) solvent contamination in the shallow groundwater at the Stead Solvent Site is now operational. Following extensive investigation into the potential causes of the spill and scientific sampling to determine the type, extent and depth of contamination, a plan was developed including passive and active remediation — Read This Press Release

Click to Enlarge January 28, 2005— Gov. Guinn Announces $9 Million in Grants to Nevada Water Districts CARSON CITY – Governor Kenny Guinn, representatives from the Nevada legislature, the Nevada Board for Financing Water Projects and the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP), presented $9 million in grants to water districts in Clark, Humboldt, Pershing and Washoe Counties in a presentation on Friday, Jan. 28, in the Governor’s office in the State Capitol.

January 14, 2005 – Nevada Division of Environmental Protection and Nevada State Health Division Report Sewage Spill in Utah CARSON CITY—The State of Nevada Division of Environmental Protection received a report late on Thursday from the State of Utah Division of Water Quality that an ongoing untreated sewage spill is occurring near the confluence of the Santa Clara and Virgin River about five miles north of St. George Utah. Flooding in the communities of Santa Clara and Ivans Utah washed out 400 feet of a 36-inch sewage line and 800 feet of an 18-inch sewage line resulting in an estimated flow rate of 1.4 to 1.5 million gallons per day discharge. The path of the spill will likely follow the Santa Clara River to the Virgin River and ultimately enter Lake Mead. The Utah Division of Water Quality anticipates that repairs will be made by Sunday evening.

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  • December 10, 2004 — Nevada Division of Environmental Protection Requests a Change to EPA Oversight of the Yerington Mine under Section 106   – CARSON CITY-The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection today requested that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency assume primary responsibility for oversight of the Yerington Mine Site under Section 106 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).

    December 09, 2004 – Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) issues a Notices of Alleged Violations (NOAV) to Nevada Power Company. — The NOAV seeks to bring the Reid Gardner Generating Station into compliance with the Title V permit of the Clean Air Act – NDEP

    November 12, 2004 — News Release: Allen Biaggi Announces Appointment of Assistant Director to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources — Leo Drozdoff also appointed to head Division of Environmental Protection . . .CARSON CITY-The Director of the Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, Allen Biaggi, today announced the appointment of Kay Scherer as Assistant Director.

    October 27, 2004 – Leo Drozdoff appointed as new Administrator of the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, Carson City The Director of the Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, Allen Biaggi, today announced the promotion of Leo Drozdoff to Administrator for the Division of Environmental Protection. The position was vacated when Biaggi, who served as the NDEP administrator since 1998, was appointed in July of this year by Gov. Kenny Guinn to head the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

    October 27, 2004 – Nevada Division of Environmental Protection promotes residential Mercury Recycling events in Elko, Incline Village, Winnemucca and other communities as part of Nevada Recycles Day, ( CARSON CITY) –In January 2004, the Pau Wa Lu Middle School in Gardnerville, Nev. was contaminated when a child brought mercury to school. Days later, a Las Vegas teenager was hospitalized following mercury poisoning. Both incidents required significant involvement by NDEP to clean up contaminated sites and coordinate with local, state and federal agencies.

    October 12, 2004 – YERINGTON MINE RECLAMATION UPDATE – Nevada praises the City, County and Tribe for collaborating to improve the process of Mine cleanup in Yerington.