MPCA reviews proposed feedlot in Wright County

Contact: Risikat Adesaogun, 651-757-2056

St. Paul, Minn. — Forsman Farms plans to build and operate a laying hen feedlot in Wright County near Cokato. The feedlot will include barns for hens, a manure storage barn, and a processing plant to prepare the eggs for shipment. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has prepared an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for the proposed project, and is making the document available for public comment through Feb. 16, 2016.  

The EAW is meant to describe the ways in which the proposed project could affect air, water, land use and habitat, as well as potential community impacts, such as odors, noise, dust and vehicle traffic. 

Possible environmental impacts include dust, odors, and air contaminants resulting from the hens, manure, and the collection and disposal of dead animals. Forsman Farms plans to address these potential issues by using a manure drying system that decreases the likelihood of excessive odors and air contaminants. Additionally, Forsman Farms will follow animal composting guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.

The public is invited to review and comment on the EAW, which is available on the agency's Environmental Review webpage. The MPCA will use the comments it receives to evaluate the potential for significant environmental effects from the project, and to decide whether a more comprehensive environmental review, an Environmental Impact Statement, is needed. 

Comments must be submitted in writing by 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 16, 2016 to Kevin Kain, 520 Lafayette Rd. N., Saint Paul, MN 55155-4194, by email to kevin.kain@state.mn.us, or by fax to 651-297-2343. Copies of the EAW are also available for review at this address, or upon request by calling 651-757-2101. Questions should be directed to Kain at 651-757-2482.

The MPCA’s draft NPDES/SDS permit on Forsman Farms is also available for public comment, and is posted on the MPCA's Public Notice webpage. Comments may be submitted to Kim Brynildson, 520 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155, by email to kim.brynildson@state.mn.us, or by fax to 651-297-2343. Questions should be directed to Brynildson at 651-757-2250.