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Help available for Minnesota feedlot operators applying for online permit

Minnesota feedlot operators must apply for a permit with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

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The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in 2022 created a new online permit application process for feedlot operators.
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ST. PAUL — Minnesota livestock producers with questions about the state’s new online feedlot permit application have another chance to ask questions about it at an upcoming webinar.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will give a demonstration and answer questions about the process at 1 p.m. Sept. 29. A link to the webinar and information about feedlot permits can be found on the MPCA’s website: www.pca.state.mn.us/business-with-us/npdes-and-sds-feedlot-permits

The agency said it also plans to an post an online slideshow help walk producers through the process.

The agency launched its revised process May 4. As of mid-September, about half of the feedlots in Minnesota still needed to complete the online permit application.

Failure to apply could result in potential enforcement actions from the MPCA.

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Minnesota has a total of about 18,000 feedlots but not all need permits for the discharge of manure or wastewater. About 1,250 of the state's feedlots need either a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System or State Disposal System permit.

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.

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