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Minnesota denying application for Catalpa hog farm in Fillmore County



The planners of a large hog farm for Fillmore County have been turned down for a permit, because of worries about groundwater pollution from manure. 

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency also says there’s no need for an environmental impact statement for the project, since the permit for the Catalpa company of Iowa has been denied. 

MPCA commissioner John Linc Stine says nitrate levels in the Fillmore County groundwater are already too high, without further risk from a hog lot.

The permit denial comes two weeks before a deadline to authorize an environmental study of the Fillmore County karst region, where sinkholes could develop easily.        

Many Fillmore County residents have called for an environmental impact statement on the project, and one critic said the decision not to issue such a statement is “disappointing.”

Catalpa could apply again to build a 5000-hog farm near Mabel, if it seeks a different type of permit.

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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