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Ricketts Extends Emergency Relief Executive Orders
Nebraska Ag Connection - 04/12/2019

Governor Pete Ricketts ordered the extension of five executive orders supporting flood relief efforts. Thursday's executive order, 19-07, lengthens the time frame of executive orders 19-02 through 19-06. These will now remain in effect through May 15, 2019.

Recently, Ricketts issued Executive Order 19-06 to suspend the fee that solid waste disposal facilities normally pay to the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The order directed the facilities to use these fees to reduce the costs to Nebraskans of the disposal of storm-related debris, animal carcasses, and damaged materials. The fee will remain suspended through May 15.

The following executive orders, listed below with their main provisions, will also extend through May 15.

Executive Order 19-02

- Suspends the length and weight hauling requirements for motor carriers assisting with disaster relief efforts.

- Permits drivers of commercial motor vehicles to work longer hours than typically allowed under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in order to transport urgently needed equipment, materials, and supplies.

Executive Order 19-03

- Gives livestock owners a reasonable amount of time, beyond the usual 36 hours, to properly bury or dispose of deceased livestock lost due to extreme weather.

Executive Order 19-04

- Suspends the requirements for trip permits for certain vehicles engaged in flood relief.

Executive Order 19-05

- Extends the response time for locate requests in flood-impacted communities.

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