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March 17, 2014

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Department of Health and Human Services to Hold Hearings March 20th on Newborn Screening and Water Wells
 

Lincoln –The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, is holding hearings on new regulations and proposed changes to current regulations related to newborn screening and also on proposed changes to regulations governing water well construction and decommissioning, and pump installation on Thursday, March 20th, in the Nebraska State Office Building in Lincoln, 301 Centennial Mall South, lower level conference room A.

At 10:00 a.m. CT

This hearing is being held to accept comments on proposed changes to regulations related to newborn screening requirements that add a requirement to screen all infants born in Nebraska for Severe Combined Immune Deficiency.
 
At 11:00 a.m. CT
 
Comments will be accepted on proposed new regulations related to newborn screening for critical congenital heart disease as required by Legislative Bill 225 (2013).  The proposed regulations will:
  • Define terms;
  • Specify the diseases for which screening is required;
  • Establish physician, hospital and birthing facility responsibilities; and
  • Provide for births occurring outside a hospital or birthing facility.

At 1:30 p.m. CT

This hearing is being held to accept comments on proposed changes to regulations relating to water well construction, pump installation, and water well decommissioning in Nebraska.  The changes are intended to improve the protection of the state’s groundwater and public health by incorporating research findings on the performance of specific grout materials, grout seals, and fill materials. 

All interested persons are invited to attend and comment at the hearings.  Written comments are also welcome and will be given the same consideration as comments made in person.  Written comments must be postmarked or received by 5:00 p.m. CT the day of the hearing, and should be e-mailed to DHHS.RulesandRegs@nebraska.gov, faxed to 402-742-2382, or sent to DHHS Legal Services, 301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, NE 68509-5026.  Copies of written comments and names of persons submitting them will be available after the hearing from DHHS as above.

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