MPCA seeks public comment on proposed beef feedlot expansion
MARSHALL -- A Nobles County beef cattle producer is proposing to build a new feedlot near an existing feedlot southeast of Adrian in Olney Township. R&R Thier Feedlots Inc. is aiming to build two new total confinement barns, each with a capac...
MARSHALL - A Nobles County beef cattle producer is proposing to build a new feedlot near an existing feedlot southeast of Adrian in Olney Township. R&R Thier Feedlots Inc. is aiming to build two new total confinement barns, each with a capacity of 3,000 steers.
As required by state rules, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) prepared an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) on the proposed new feedlot; the most recent expansion at the existing feedlot. The public may submit written comments on the R&R Thier Feedlots Inc. EAW until 4:30 p.m. Aug. 19.
A National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System/State Disposal System general permit for construction and operation of both the existing and new feedlot facilities will be on public notice concurrently.
New confinement barns at the proposed feedlot will be located about one-half mile west of the barns at the existing feedlot. After construction of the proposed feedlot, the total capacity including both feedlots will be 10,989 animal units, composed of 8,805 slaughter steers and 3,120 feeders.
State agencies use the EAW to help decide whether a more complete Environmental Impact Statement is needed. 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.
Manure would be stored in reinforced concrete storage pits constructed below each of the new barns. At the existing farm, manure is stored in an under-barn storage pit and above-ground storage tank. The new farm also will include two engineered ponds to collect stormwater runoff.
Manure will be transferred and sold for cropland fertilizer. The manure application sites are located in Bigelow, Dewald, Larkin, Little Rock, Lorain, Magnolia, Olney, Ransom, Summit Lake, Vienna, Westside and Worthington townships in Minnesota and Wilson Township in Iowa.
The worksheet for this project is available by searching for “Environmental Assessment Worksheet” on the MPCA website or by calling Beth Tegdesch at (651) 757-2100. Written comments should go to Nancy Drach at firstname.lastname@example.org , or mailed to her at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 520 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul 55155-4194.
The draft NPDES/SDS permit is posted at www.pca.state.mn.us/yrwc6a9 . Comments on the NPDES/SDS permit can be sent to George Schwint, email@example.com , (320) 894-5866, or mailed to him at Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 1601 E. Hwy. 12, Willmar 56201.