MPCA seeks comments from public on proposed hog feedlot expansion in Nobles County

Contact: Forrest Peterson, 320-979-1776

Slater Brothers Livestock proposes to expand its existing 2,400-head swine finishing facility in Larkin Township about six miles northeast of Adrian in Nobles County.  The public may submit written comments on the related Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) through May 16.

A new barn for 2,400 finishing hogs will expand the operation to maximum capacity of 4,800. An estimated 1.66 million gallons of liquid manure produced annually would be stored in reinforced concrete pits below the barns, with a total capacity of nearly 1.89 million gallons.

The manure is removed in fall and injected into cropland as fertilizer following an MPCA-approved manure management plan. More than 850 acres of cropland are available for land application among six manure application sites in Larkin and Elk townships in Nobles County.

State agencies use the EAW to help decide whether 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.

The worksheet for this project is available on the MPCA's Environmental Assessment Worksheet webpage. It’s also available by calling Steve Sommer at 651-757-2746. Written comments must be received by 4:30 p.m. on May 16. They may be sent via email to steve.sommer@state.mn.us, or mailed to him at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 520 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN 55155-4194.