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Badgerwood, LLC WPDES permit
On February 13, 2015, the Department of Natural Resources received a final Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (WPDES) permit application for Badgerwood, LLC, a proposed Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) in Bayfield County. WPDES permits are water quality protection permits designed to ensure proper storage and handling of manure from larger-scale livestock operations. The WPDES permit program does not have authority to address odor, noise, traffic or other issues not related to water quality.
The operation would house approximately 7,500 sows, 18,750 pigs, and 100 boars. This is equal to 6,162 animal units. Structures at the site would include three barns with concrete manure storage structures located under each barn, to provide more than 180 days of liquid manure storage. Manure would be removed from storage and land applied according to an approved nutrient management plan.
Based on review of the WPDES permit application, the department has determined that the application was incomplete and requested additional information on March 17, 2015. Aspects of the proposal may change when the application is complete.
The department decided, pursuant to s. NR 150.20(4)(b), Wis. Adm. Code, to use the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process as the best approach to achieve WEPA compliance for the proposed Badgerwood swine operation.
EIS process status, April 8, 2016
The first step in the EIS process was to gather public input on the scope of issues to be addressed in the analysis. A public scoping process was initiated on August 11, 2015 and set to end on September 30, 2015. Due to the strong interest and extent of comments being received, the DNR continued to accept comments through the middle of October. We thank everyone who took the time to provide us with comment responses. All comments received during the public scoping period are available, along with an author index.
The DNR is continuing to review the scoping comments and identify issues for which additional information will need to be gathered. The EIS outline will be revised to include these issues. Our intent is to develop an analysis which addresses the concerns identified.
From the late fall of 2015 through early 2016, the DNR also began writing some sections of the Draft EIS based on the initial information submittals. However, we have now reached a point where we cannot actively proceed in developing further details of the analysis until revised plans and applications are received. At this time, the applicant has not advised when revised information will be submitted.
EIS process steps
The DNR will use the scoping comments and other information to prepare a draft impact statement document. The EIS process will follow these general steps.
- Scoping - defining the topics and information sources to be considered and the analytical methods to be employed.
- Information gathering and analysis.
- Draft EIS document preparation.
- Draft EIS public review - minimum 30 day public comment period and hearing.
- Comment response - the department will consider all comments received, and may revise the analysis if warranted.
- Public notified when final EIS is complete and department has made a determination of compliance with the requirements of Chapter NR 150 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code, and section 1.11 of the Wisconsin Statutes.
- Final permit decisions can be made after the final EIS and determination.
|DNR decision to follow the EIS process|
|Public announcement and determination of the scope of analysis with public input|
|Information gathering and analysis|
|DNR prepares draft environmental impact statement (EIS)||←||(We are here)|
|Draft EIS public announcement and public review of at least 30 days and a hearing|
|Consideration of public comments and analysis revision|
|DNR news release of final EIS and Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act (WEPA) compliance determination|
Available portions of the WPDES permit application
The following application materials for Badgerwood LLC have been received by the department.
|WPDES permit application forms||
WPDES permit application forms and general operation information including:
Design plans for manure storage, feed storage and other structures.
|Nutrient management plan (NMP)||
Nutrient management plans, including: