MPCA extends public comment period for proposed swine feedlot in Norman County

Contact: Dan Olson, 218-846-8108

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has granted a 30-day extension for comments on a proposed large swine feedlot operation in Norman County to allow public review of results from a pending aquifer test. The comment period will now end Sept. 18.

The comment period is for a draft permit and an environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) for Barrick Family Farms’ proposed facility about four miles east of Lockhart. The facility will accommodate approximately 16,300 hogs (6,600 under 55 lbs., 4,928 from 55 to 300 lbs., and 4,800 more than 300 lbs.)

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) identified one or more calcareous fens (a rare type of wetland sensitive to changes in water availability) within five miles of the proposed well for the project. Barrick Farms applied for a DNR water appropriation permit for the well. Results from an aquifer test associated with the permit application are pending.

State agencies use the EAW to help decide whether a more extensive environmental impact statement is needed. The EAW describes the project’s potential effects on nearby land uses, geography, bodies of water or groundwater, and wildlife and habitat. It also details air and vehicle emissions, dust, traffic, noise, and odors that the project might produce.

The project’s environmental assessment worksheet and draft NPDES permit are available on the MPCA web site. Request copies of the documents from or sent written comments by 4:30 pm. on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 to:

  • Environmental assessment worksheet — Kevin Kain (651-757-2482) MPCA, 520 Lafayette Road North, St. Paul, MN 55155-4194
  • Feedlot permit — Molly Costin (218-846-8114) MPCA, 714 Lake Ave., Ste. 220, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

For more information on greenhouse gas emissions in feedlot environment review, visit the MPCA web site.