MPCA seeks comments from public on proposed hog feedlot in Redwood County

Contact: Forrest Peterson, 320-441-6972

Marshall, Minn. — Boerboom Ag Resources is proposing to build a new hog facility in Section 21 of Underwood Township, Redwood County.  A new farrowing, breeding, and gestation operation will house a total of 3,392 sows and 1,190 gilts in three barns.

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 Boerboom feedlot EAW until 4:30 p.m. on May 18, 2016.

A National Pollutant Disposal Elimination System (NPDES) general permit for construction and operation of the feedlot will be on public notice concurrently.
State agencies use the EAW to help decide whether a more complete Environmental Impact Statement is needed. 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 6.2 million gallons of liquid manure produced annually would be stored in reinforced concrete pits below the new barns. Following an MPCA-approved manure management plan, the operators will pump the manure in the fall and inject it into cropland for use as fertilizer. A total of 1,649 acres located about 2½ miles from the facility are available for land application.

The worksheet for this project is available by searching for “Environmental Assessment Worksheet” on the MPCA website. It’s also available by calling Patrice Jensen at 651-757-2465. Written comments may be sent via email to patrice.jensen@state.mn.us, or mailed to her at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 520 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN 55155-4194.

On April 18, 2016, the MPCA will post the draft NPDES permit on the MPCA's Public Notices webpage. Brent Riess of the MPCA is accepting written comments on the NPDES permit either by email at brent.riess@state.mn.us, 507-476-4268, or mailed to him at Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 504 Fairgrounds Rd., Suite 200, Marshall, MN 56258.