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// LES joins EPRI, other utilities to celebrate pollinators June 21-25

LINCOLN — LES is joining the Electric Power Research Institute, or EPRI, as it hosts the second annual online Pollinator Power Party June 21-25. The virtual event will commemorate National Pollinator Week, an internationally celebrated annual event supporting pollinator health.

EPRI's Power-in-Pollinator Initiative offers an opportunity for electric utilities and other stakeholders to collaboratively conduct research and build resources to protect pollinators. The bats, bugs, birds and other wildlife responsible for pollinating the food and...

// Nebraska’s first electric vehicle ride and drive event is coming to Lincoln

LINCOLN — The state’s first electric vehicle ride and drive will be held in Lincoln July 24. Presented by Lincoln Electric System with the support of the Nebraska Environmental Trust, the LES EV Ride + Drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Haymarket Park, 403 Line Dr. Circle, and will serve as the capstone event for LES’ Sustainable Living Week, July 19-24.

“It is an honor to bring this opportunity to...

// LES to distribute $21.7 million to local governments 

LINCOLN — Lincoln Electric System will pay $21.7 million to local governments in 2021 through its annual payment in lieu of tax and city dividend for utility ownership.

As a benefit of community-owned public power, LES distributed $12.8 million in payment in lieu of tax to Lincoln Public Schools, Lancaster County and the cities of Lincoln and Waverly on April 30. 

The payment in lieu of tax, required by the city charter, represents 5% of...

// Join LES to celebrate lineworkers April 12

LINCOLN — Lincoln Electric System invites the community to join other electric utilities and residents across Nebraska in recognizing April 12 as Lineworker Appreciation Day.

This day of recognition allows citizens to take a moment to honor the men and women who work each day to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of electricity in our communities. When the power goes out, they go to work.

“Lineworkers are on the front line of safe, reliable energy...

// LES receives national recognition for reliability, safety

LINCOLN – Lincoln Electric System has been awarded a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3)® designation from the American Public Power Association for providing reliable and safe electric service.

The RP3 designation, which lasts for three years, recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement. Criteria to receive the designation include sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable...

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Notices
Environmental Protection Agency approval for <50 PPM PCB remediation waste disposal

American Public Power Association member utilities, including Lincoln Electric System, received approval from the Environmental Protection Agency in September 2017 to dispose of polychlorinated biphenyl remediation waste generated at secure utility assets with as-found PCB concentrations less than 50 parts per million pursuant to 40 CFR 761.61(c). Links below have disposal location information.

The approval allows the disposal of PCB remediation waste with as-found concentrations of <50 ppm PCBs in non-TSCA approved landfill facilities, including municipal solid waste landfills as defined by Condition 9 of the approval as stated:

"Under these Approvals, PCB Remediation Wastes with as-found concentrations of <50 ppm PCB may be disposed of in any of the following facilities subject to state and local regulations regarding such disposal:

  1. Facilities permitted, licensed, or registered by a state to manage municipal solid waste subject to 40 CFR Part 258
  2. Facilities permitted, licensed, or registered by a state to manage non-municipal non-hazardous waste subject to 40 CFR section 257.5-.257.30, as applicable, with the exception of any such unit that manages liquid wastes including pits, ponds, and lagoons;
  3. Hazardous waste landfills permitted by EPA under section 3004 of RCRA, or by a state authorized under section 3006 of RCRA.”

Environmental Protection Agency risk-based PCB disposal notification (Feb. 6, 2018)

Environmental Protection Agency approval to LES to dispose of PCB remediation waste (Sept. 28, 2017)