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Feedlot violations MN feeder $15,000


July 12, 2010
By Manure Manager

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July 12, 2010, Brainerd,
MN – Crow Wing Feeders LLC, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
have reached an agreement that requires the company to pay $15,000 for alleged
feedlot violations at its cattle feedlot in Cass County, MN.


July 12, 2010, Brainerd,
MN – Crow Wing Feeders LLC, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
have reached an agreement that requires the company to pay $15,000 for alleged
feedlot violations at its cattle feedlot in Cass County, MN.

MPCA staff inspections in
December 2009 revealed several violations relating to an unpermitted
construction and expansion, discharges, and failure to obtain required permits.
According to inspection reports, the company expanded its feedlot to nearly
2,700 head of cattle without obtaining a required National Pollutant Discharge
Elimination System
permit. NPDES permits are required when a feedlot exceeds
1,000 cattle. The company also used unpermitted and uncertified liquid manure storage
areas for manure and manure-contaminated runoff. These areas were not
engineered or designed in accordance with Minnesota statutes, and the company
failed to submit a permit application, and plans and specifications prior to
constructing them.

In addition to paying the
$15,000 civil penalty, the company was required to empty and close the manure
storage areas and land apply the manure and contaminated soils. They must also
limit the amount of cattle on the feedlot to their current registered number of
840.

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