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

Contact: Mary Connor, 651-757-2629

St. Paul, Minn. — Pemberton-based Strobel Farms plans to build two new hog buildings in Alton Township in Waseca County. The new “finishing” barns will house up to 4,800 pigs.

The two proposed 110-feet-by-200- feet buildings will have concrete slatted floors, built over eight-foot-deep concrete pits that hold manure. The manure pits will have a storage capacity of 1.84 million gallons; the project will generate an estimated 1.58 million gallons of manure each year. A permanent stormwater retention pond on the site will capture runoff.

Strobel Farms has also identified five areas (cropland in production) within eight miles of the site where they will apply manure — in Janesville and Alton Townships in Waseca County, and in McPherson Township in Blue Earth County.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has prepared an Environmental Assessment Worksheet on the proposed feedlot to describe the project and its potential impact on the environment. It details the site location; nearby residences, water bodies, and wells; soil types; manure management; air and odor emissions; traffic; and more. It is available on the MPCA's EAW webpage.

Comments on the worksheet must be in writing and submitted by 4:30 p.m. on June 28, 2016 to Patrice Jensen (651-757-2465) at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 520 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN 55155-4194.