Menahga feedlot agrees to pay fine
Dhs Farms and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
(MPCA) recently reached an agreement that required the facility to pay
$30,000 for alleged feedlot violations.
The feedlot, owned by David
Sabin and Marci Burkel, is located east of Menahga, in northern Wadena
County's Shell River Township.
According to MPCA and Wadena County feedlot staff inspection reports for
2009 and 2010, the feedlot was permitted to hold a maximum of 300 head
of feeder cattle, but had more than 1,700 head housed there during two
inspections that took place nearly a year apart. When a feedlot exceeds
1,000 head of cattle, it is required to obtain a National Pollution
Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. Dhs Farms failed to obtain
the NPDES permit, and failed to notify local zoning authorities of its
The facility also allowed manure and manure-contaminated runoff to
discharge into area waters, failed to notify the MPCA of the discharges,
and failed to keep records on file of manure transfers for land
application, according to the MPCA.
In addition to paying the $30,000 civil penalty, Dhs Farms is completing
a series of corrective actions.
When calculating penalties, the MPCA takes into account how seriously
the violation affected the environment, whether it is a first-time or
repeat violation, and how promptly the violation was reported to
appropriate authorities. It also attempts to recover the calculated
economic benefit gained by failure to comply with environmental laws in
a timely manner. For a comprehensive list of enforcement actions by the
MPCA, refer to the agency's web site at