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June 20 2005 19:00

Environmental Review of Swine Facility Expansion In Nobles County Open For Public Comment

Media contact: Forrest Peterson, (320) 214-3789 Technical contact: Jim Sullivan, (651) 297-1788 Toll-free: (800) 657-3864 Marshall, Minn. -- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has prepared an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for a proposed swine feedlot expansion southwest of Rushmore in Nobles County. The EAW, which describes potential impacts on land use, water quality, and air quality, is open for public review and comment through July 20, 2005. Jeff Kopplow plans to double the size of an existing facility built in 2003 in Section 2 of Little Rock Township. An existing 81-foot by 201-foot barn houses 2,000 hogs from wean to finish, with manure collected in pits under the barn. Adding an identical barn will increase the total number of hogs to 4,000. Manure and wastewater would be removed from the pits in spring and fall and injected into 351 acres of available cropland. Computer modeling of air quality impacts, including use of data from the existing barn, indicates that emissions of hydrogen sulfide and ammonia would comply with state air quality standards. The operator will notify neighbors and make any necessary schedule adjustments for manure removal and land application. The EAW provides basic information on how a proposed project could potentially affect the environment. During the 30-day period it is open to public review and comment. Comments on Jeff Kopplow's EAW should be submitted to the MPCA in writing by 4:30 p.m. on July 20, 2005 to Jim Sullivan, MPCA, 520 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN 55155-4194, or by fax to (651) 297-2343. The MPCA will use these comments to evaluate the potential for significant environmental effects from the project, and to decide if an Environmental Impact Statement (a more comprehensive environmental review) is needed. Copies of the EAW are available for review at:
· The MPCA's St. Paul office, 520 Lafayette Rd. N.
· The MPCA's Web site at/news/eaw/index.html
· MPCA Willmar office, 201 28th Ave. S.W.
· Nobles County Library, 407 12th St., Worthington.
Copies may also be requested directly from the MPCA by calling (651) 297-8510. Questions about the project should be directed to Jim Sullivan at (651) 297-1788 or (800) 657-3864 (toll free/TTY).

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