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 he Nevada State Environmental Commission will hold a public hearing beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 11, 2001, at the Nevada Division of Wildlife's Conference Room B, 1100 Valley Road, Reno, Nevada.

     The purpose of the hearing is to receive comments from all interested persons regarding the adoption, amendment, or repeal of regulations. If no person directly affected by the proposed action appears to request time to make an oral presentation, the State Environmental Commission may proceed immediately to act upon any written submission. Petition 2002-01 (LCB File No. R-096-01), the Water Pollution Control regulation in NAC 445A for diffuse source and rolling stock permits was previously noticed on August 20, August 29 and September 6, 2001 for hearing on September 18, 2001. The adoption on this regulation was deferred on September 18, 2001 until the next regularly scheduled regulatory hearing.

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1. Petition 2002-02 (LCB R-102-01) is a permanent amendment to NAC 445B.400 to 445B.774, the vehicle emission control program. The amendment adopts by reference a State of California regulation that became effective on July 25, 2001. The amendment requires model year 2005 and 2006 new heavy-duty diesel engines (HDDEs) with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 14,001 pounds and greater to meet supplemental emission tests. The regulation establishes criteria and requirements for registration with the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles. Definitions added include the applicable Executive Order, heavy-duty diesel engine, model year, new motor vehicle, new motor vehicle engine, ultimate purchaser, ultra-small volume manufacturer, and urban bus.

2. Petition 2002-03 (LCB R-128-01) is a permanent amendment to NAC 445A.119 to 445A.225, the pollution control standards for water quality. The petition amends the standards for various reaches of the East and West forks of the Walker River. Amendments are proposed for NAC 445A.159 through 445A.169, inclusive including Sweetwater Creek and Desert Creek of the Walker River. Revised area of water quality standards includes pH, the nitrite in the lower reaches, the time period for dissolved oxygen beneficial use standard, the Topaz Lake dissolved oxygen standard, the replacement of the narrative color standard with a numeric standard, establishing sulfate requirements to maintain existing higher quality (RMHQ), replacement of existing fecal coliform standard with E. Coli standard and to establish a total suspended RMHQ for Sweetwater Creek. It is proposed to revise the time period that adult Lahontan cutthroat trout may be present in the reach from Walker Lake to Weber Reservoir.

3. Petition 2002-04 (LCB R-129-01) is a permanent amendment to NAC 445A.119 through 445A.225, the pollution control standards for water quality. The permanent regulation establishes water quality standards for Walker Lake. The regulation establishes beneficial uses and water quality standards to protect those uses. Proposed standards for Walker Lake include pH, dissolved oxygen, total suspended solids, temperature, dissolved oxygen, nitrite, total inorganic nitrogen, total phosphorus and E. Coli. Pursuant to NRS 233B.0603 the provisions of NRS 233B.064 (2) are hereby provided:

"Upon adoption of any regulation, the agency, if requested to do so by an interested person, either prior to adoption or within 30 days thereafter, shall issue a concise statement of the principal reasons for and against its adoption, and incorporation therein its reason for overruling the consideration urged against its adoption."

     Persons wishing to comment on the proposed regulation changes may appear at the scheduled public hearing or may address their comments, data, views or arguments, in written form, to the:

Environmental Commission
333 West Nye Lane
Carson City, Nevada 89706-0851

Written submissions must be received at least five days before the scheduled public hearing.

     A copy of the regulations to be adopted or amended will be on file at the State Library, 100 Stewart Street and the Division of Environmental Protection, 333 West Nye Lane - Room 104, in Carson City and at the Division of Environmental Protection, 555 E. Washington - Suite 4300, in Las Vegas for inspection by members of the public during business hours. In addition, copies of the regulations and public notices have been deposited at major library branches in each county in Nevada.

     The notice and the text of the proposed regulations are also available in the State of Nevada Register of Administrative Regulations which is prepared and published monthly by the Legislative Counsel Bureau pursuant to NRS 233B.0653. The proposed regulations are on the Internet at http:/
     Members of the public who are disabled and require special accommodations or assistance at the meeting are requested to notify, in writing, the Nevada State Environmental Commission, in care of David Cowperthwaite, 333 West Nye Lane, Room 138, Carson City, Nevada, 89706-0851, facsimile (775) 687-5856, or by calling (775) 687-4670 Extension 3118, no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 12, 2001.

     This public notice has been posted at the following locations: Clark County Public Library and City of Las Vegas Council Chambers in Las Vegas; Washoe County Library and Division of Wildlife in Reno; the Division of Environmental Protection and the Department of Cultural Affairs (formerly Dept. of Museums, Library and Arts) in Carson City.