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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 1, 2008

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Marla Augustine, DHHS, Communications and Legislative Services – (402-471-4047), marla.augustine@dhhs.ne.gov

 

DHHS to Hold Hearing October 9 in Lincoln

Second hearing regarding decontamination of property used for a methamphetamine laboratory

Lincoln – The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Public Health will hold a public hearing October 9, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. CT. The hearing will take place in Lincoln at the State Office Building, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lower Level Conference Room ‘A.’

– The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Public Health will hold a public hearing October 9, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. CT. The hearing will take place in Lincoln at the State Office Building, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lower Level Conference Room ‘A.’

This hearing is being held to accept comments on proposed changes to regulations for Environmental Health. This is a second hearing and is being held to make changes based on comments at the first hearing held May 15, 2008.

The proposed new regulations will:

  • Add the language "as soon as practicable" to be consistent with the statute;
  • Remove the thirty-day reporting requirement for a property owner; and
  • Remove language that required notification in writing to potential lessees or buyers before agreement to lease or sale of the property that has been used as a clandestine drug laboratory and that the owner of record has completed site remediation and a decontamination consultant has performed necessary sampling to confirm that the decontamination standards presented in these regulations are not exceeded.

Anyone may attend and comment at the hearings or submit comments in writing. Written comments must be postmarked or received by 5:00 p.m. CT, October 11, 2008. They should be sent to DHHS Regulatory Analysis and Integration, 301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, NE 68509; faxed to 402-742-2382; or e-mailed to Rules.Regs@dhhs.ne.gov.

If auxiliary aids or reasonable accommodations are needed to participate in a hearing, please call 402-471-9022. Persons with hearing impairments may call the DHHS at 402-471-9570 (voice and TDD) or the Nebraska Relay System at 711 or 800-833-7352 TDD.

Draft regulations and DHHS hearing notices are available online at: http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/reg_hearings.aspx.

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