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Fillmore County hog farm gets another hearing tonight, as residents worry of potential water contamination

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MABEL, Minn.  It’s a case of big farming versus the threat of big environmental problems.

That conflict goes public again Tuesday night in Mabel, when the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) holds another hearing on whether a special study should be done on the chance of water contamination from a large commercial hog farm.

Cathy Rofshus from the MPCA says the developers supported an extension to Dec. 31 for the discussion period.

Many neighbors in the area are pushing for an impact statement, worried that manure storage at the feedlot could pose a danger to the region’s groundwater.

The MPCA will meet about whether to issue an environmental impact statement on the Catalpa feedlot project.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. Charles Phelps

    December 4, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    By all means ask for an environmental impact statement. Too much is at stake.

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