Public meetings on feedlot permit changes to be online March 31, April 2

Contact: Forrest Peterson, 320-979-1776

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is revising the general operating permit for about 1,200 large feedlots covering Feb. 1, 2021 through Jan. 31, 2026.

Virtual information meetings about the permit are scheduled 10 a.m.-noon on Tuesday, March 31, and Thursday, April 2. Logon information and updates will be posted on the MPCA feedlot permit webpage. Meetings that had been scheduled March 17 at Rochester and March 19 at Mankato have been canceled.

Following the Minnesota Department of Health’s guidance regarding COVD-19, the MPCA will not be conducting in-person public meetings until after April 30. A formal 30-day public comment period for the permit will be announced in late spring or early summer.

The permit combines Minnesota rules and statutes with federal regulations of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. It’s designed to protect water quality, primarily from the storage and land application of manure. A general permit covers facilities whose operations are similar. About 1,200 large feedlots in Minnesota operate under the current general permit.

Under proposed changes, waters will be more protected from nitrogen leaching and runoff from land application of manure, while feedlot owners will benefit from improved forms and online services.

Though substantially similar to the current general permit, the proposed permit includes: Measures to limit nitrates leaching from manure land-application, and streamlining record-keeping, permit format, and application process.

As the permit-development process continues, learn more and find out about public-participation opportunities on the MPCA web site