MPCA seeks comments from public on proposed new hog feedlots in Waseca County

Contact: Forrest Peterson, 320-979-1776

Scott Lynch proposes to build two swine finishing facilities in Alton Township several miles south of Janesville in Waseca County. A total of 9,600 finishing hogs will be housed at two new sites each holding two barns, with each barn housing 2,400 head.

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 Scott Lynch EAW until 4:30 p.m. May 30.

State agencies use the EAW to help decide whether a 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 3.33 million gallons of liquid manure produced annually would be stored in reinforced concrete pits below the barns, with a total capacity of nearly 3.7 million gallons.

The manure is removed in fall and injected into cropland as fertilizer following an MPCA-approved manure management plan. More than 1,000 acres of cropland are available for land application among 13 manure application sites located in Alton, Beauford, Medo, and McPherson Townships in Blue Earth and Waseca counties.

The worksheet for this project is available on the MPCA's Environmental Assessment Worksheet webpage. It’s also available by calling Nancy Drach at 651-757-2317. Written comments may be sent by email to nancy.drach@state.mn.us, or mailed to her at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 520 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN 55155-4194.

Applications for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System operating permits for the new feedlots will be open for public comment concurrently. The applications for permit coverage under the NPDES general permit will be available on the MPCA Public Notices webpage.  For more information contact Walter Jordan, 507-344-5264, walter.jordan@state.mn.us.