Public comments sought for proposed Pipestone County swine feedlot

Contact: Forrest Peterson, 320-979-1776

Clayton Johnson, Randy Carlson and Jared Carlson of CJ Swine, LLC propose to build a swine finishing feedlot about three miles west of Pipestone in Sweet Township. The public may submit written comments on the proposal until 4:30 p.m. on July 18, 2018.

The project’s first phase would consist of two total confinement barns stocking up to 4,800 head of finishers. A third barn would be added within 10 years for another 2,400 head.

An estimated 2.9 million gallons of liquid manure would be produced annually and would be stored in reinforced concrete pits below the barns with a more than 3-million gallon total capacity. 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 in Sections 13, 19, 20, 21, and 24, 25 and 30 of Sweet Township.

State agencies use an Environmental Assessment Worksheet 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 website at www.pca.state.mn.us/quick-links/environmental-review, or by searching for “Environmental Assessment Worksheet.” It’s also available by calling Nancy Drach at 651-757-2317. Written comments may be sent via e-mail 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 (NPDES) operating permits for the new feedlot 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: www.pca.state.mn.us/public-notices.  For more information contact Brent Riess, 507-476-4268, brent.riess@state.mn.us