September 10, 2009

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) regulations require feedlot owners to register their operations with the State.  Registration requirements started with the feedlot rule revision enacted in Minnesota in 2000.  Registration replaced the need for operating permits for the vast majority of livestock feedlots. Feedlots with 50 or more animal units, and 10 or more located near waters, are required to register.


Under current Minnesota law, state permits are necessary only for feedlot construction or expansion with 300 or more animal units, for feedlots needing to correct pollution problems, or for large feedlots – typically 1,000 or more animal units, a term defined in the MPCA’s regulations.  About 1,200 large feedlots in Minnesota require National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System/State Disposal System (NPDES/SDS) permits.  Feedlots may also require feedlot permits from Minnesota counties.


For more information about feedlot registration please see


Lawyers in the Hessian & McKasy Environmental Law Attorney Practice Group work with clients on permitting and enforcement matters.


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