Zumbrota-area residents continue to fight proposed hog farm

Published 9:59 am Monday, January 30, 2017

ZUMBROTA — Opponents of a proposed 4,700-hog farm in southeastern Minnesota aren’t giving up, even though the state Pollution Control Agency has approved the environmental review for the project.

The proposed Circle K Family Farm would feature a pit for storing up to 1.54 million gallons of liquid manure annually.

Kristi Rosenquist, who lives near the proposed facility about five miles outside Zumbrota, said she still plans to attend a Monday meeting with John Linc Stine, the agency’s commissioner.

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“The (environmental assessment worksheet) has flaws,” Rosenquist said. “We’ll be talking to Commissioner Stine about that.”

Kim Grosenheider, a project manager for environmental review with the agency, said it’s common to have an environmental assessment worksheet with missing data, but that it’s important to make sure there is enough data to make an informed decision about the impact a project will have on the environment.