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Published March 20, 2010, 12:00 AM

MPCA to host videoconference on manure plans under new general permit

ST. PAUL — Regional offices of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will host a videoconference Friday on writing manure management plans under the new 2011-2016 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System general permit for large feedlots.

By: Tribune News, West Central Tribune

ST. PAUL — Regional offices of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will host a videoconference Friday on writing manure management plans under the new 2011-2016 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System general permit for large feedlots.

About 1,200 livestock facilities in Minnesota operate under a five-year federal/state general permit. The new permit covers the period between Feb. 1, 2011, and Jan. 31, 2016. Applications must be submitted by Aug. 1.

The interactive videoconference will be from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at MPCA offices including the Willmar office.

To register, contact Courtney Ahlers, courtney.ahlers@state.mn.us, 651-757-2183, if possible by Monday.

Due to changes at the federal level, manure management plan requirements in the 2011-2016 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System general permit have changed. The new permit includes: submittal of manure land application records with annual report, public review and comment on manure management plans, manure management plans written for duration of the permit, and restrictions on winter manure spreading. Substantial changes to these plans at any time during the five-year permit will require a 30-day public notice, and all manure management plans and changes must be available for public review.

More information is available at www.pca.state.mn.us/hot/feedlot-forms.html#newnpdes.

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