MPCA seeks public comments on proposed hog feedlot in Fillmore Co.

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BLUFF COUNTRY NEWS GROUP

Catalpa, LLC proposes to build a new 4,890-head swine farrowing facility about 10 miles east of Harmony in Newburg Township, Fillmore County. It would include two barns, an animal mortality composting building, a large stormwater basin, and a livestock watering well.

As required by state rules, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) prepared an environmental assessment worksheet on the proposal. The public may submit written comments on the Catalpa EAW until 4:30 p.m. May 30.

State agencies use the EAW to help decide whether a project requires a more extensive environmental impact statement. The EAW covers site location details, nearby resources and other elements, including wells, soil types, water use, manure management, air and odor emissions, and traffic.

An estimated 7.3 million gallons of liquid manure produced annually would be stored in reinforced concrete pits below the barns, with a total capacity of nearly 8.9 million gallons.

The manure would be removed in fall and injected into cropland as fertilizer following an MPCA-approved manure management plan requiring at least 732 acres of cropland. More than 1,761 acres of cropland are available for land application among 24 manure application sites located in County.

The worksheet for this project is available on the MPCA website at www.pca.state.mn.us/quick-links/environmental-review, or by searching for “Environmental Assessment Worksheet.” It’s also available by calling Charles Peterson at 651-757-2856. Written comments may be sent via e-mail to charles.peterson@state.mn.us, or mailed to him at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 520 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN 55155-4194.