Commenting open: January 23, 2023 12:00AM CT - February 22, 2023 11:59PM CT.
Wheaton Site (Norcross) - Feedlot Permit
We invite you to comment on the draft permit for the Wheaton Site animal feedlot located in Traverse County.
The facility will house 4,800 head of swine in 3 total confinement barns. Liquid manure generated by the animals will be stored within concrete lined storage structures. Manure generated at the facility will be applied to surrounding cropland at agronomic rates. This permitting action includes proposed construction and expansion of animal holding areas and liquid manure storage areas at the facility. The animal unit (AU) capacity will be increased from 747 AU to a final total of 1,740 AU.
This permit requires the facility to be designed, operated, and maintained to prevent discharge to waters, except in an extreme storm event. Operators are required to land apply manure at agronomic rates, observe water setbacks, and maintain records of land application activities, including location, timing, and rate of application. Please refer to the draft permit for additional requirements.
The MPCA’s feedlot permit strives to protect our lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands, and groundwater by preventing manure from polluting water. The permit applies to most aspects of livestock management including the location, design, construction, operation, and management of feedlots and manure handling facilities. Minnesota has approximately 18,000 registered livestock operations.
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