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Minnesota feedlot reregistration due Jan. 1; MPCA makes permit changes

Minnesota feedlot operators must update their registration with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency every four years, with the current cycle ending on Jan. 1, 2022.

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Minnesota has about 18,000 feedlots that need to be registered with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Agweek file photo

ST. PAUL, Minnesota — Owners of feedlots in Minnesota have a until Jan. 1 to reregister with the state, a process that has moved online.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has moved registration online to https://webapp.pca.state.mn.us/services/login . For users who have not previously registered, a valid email is required to get started.

The online service for feedlot registration will bring up information previously supplied to the MPCA. Operators can verify that information and update it if needed.

The state’s feedlot rule requires feedlots with 50 or more animal units, and 10 or more located in shoreland areas, to register.

Minnesota feedlot operators must update their registration every four years, with the current cycle ending on Jan. 1, 2022. There are about 18,000 feedlots in Minnesota that need to register every four years. About 12,000 already have completed reregistration, according to Steven Schmidt, east unit feedlot supervisor for the MPCA.

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The MPCA says the registration data is used to help it decide where inspections are most needed, based on feedlot type, size and proximity to surface water and wells. It also helps counties and the state stay abreast of feedlot trends, which helps them develop educational information and programs for producers.

Permit applications

In January, the MPCA expects to have online registration for two permits that large feedlot operators may need.

About 1,200 of the state's feedlots need either a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System or State Disposal System permit, Schmidt said.

"The hope is that it will l cut down a lot on the paperwork and having to submit the information that we already have," Schmidt said.

Feedlot operators also will need to upload required documents such as a manure management plans, “good neighbor” notices, and plans and specifications for new manure storage areas. The service will only allow an upload of a manure plan completed with the MCPA Manure Management Planner .

Multi-site feedlot policy updated

Minnesota also has updated its multi-site feedlot policy.

When two or more feedlots under common ownership are near each other, the operation may need either a NPDES or SDS permit even if they are registered as separate facilities. This is commonly referred to as a multi-site operation.

The MPCA considers two or more animal feedlots to be one multi-site operation when the sites have common ownership and at least one of the following conditions apply:

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  • Any portion of the feedlots are located within ¼ mile of each other.

  • The animal feedlots share a liquid or solid manure storage area.

When multiple feedlot sites are determined to be part of a multi-site operation, the combined animal holding capacity of all sites is used to determine if an NPDES or SDS permit is required.
Multi-site operations that will need to renew their NPDES permit coverage will be contacted by MPCA staff to explain the options available to them.

The updated policy can be found here . A fact sheet that explains the policy in more detail is available here .

Reach Jeff Beach at jbeach@agweek.com or call 701-451-5651 (work) or 859-420-1177.
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