MPCA seeks comments from public on proposed new hog feedlots' expansion in Steele County

Contact: Forrest Peterson, 320-979-1776

Kevin and Cory Klemmensen propose to expand their existing hog finishing feedlot in Section 27 of Lemond Township, Steele County about eight miles southwest of Owatonna by adding a second total confinement barn and increasing from 2,400 to 4,800 head.

As required by state rules, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) prepared an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) on the proposal. The public may submit written comments on the Klemmensen EAW until 4:30 p.m. June 27, 2018.

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.

An estimated total of more than 1.7 million gallons of liquid manure produced annually would be stored in reinforced concrete pits below the barns, with a total capacity of nearly 1.9 million gallons.

The manure is removed in the fall and injected into cropland as fertilizer following an MPCA-approved manure management plan. More than 1,100 acres of cropland are available for land application among 14 sites in Lemond and Berlin townships in Steele County and Otisco Township in Waseca County.

The worksheet for this project is available on the MPCA’s EAW webpage. It’s also available by calling Steve Sommer at 651-757-2746. Written comments may be sent by 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.

Applications for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) operating permits for the new feedlots will be open for public comment at the same time. The applications for permit coverage under the NPDES general permit will be available on the MPCA Public Notices webpage.  For more information contact Mark P. Gernes, 507-206-2643, mark.p.gernes@state.mn.us.