August 11, 2015
ASHLAND, Wis. - The public is being asked to provide input to help determine the scope of a draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Badgerwood swine operation in the town of Eileen in Bayfield County.
The Department of Natural Resources is seeking input on the project, proposed by Reicks View Farms, LLC. The proposal includes construction of three barns, which would house more than 26,000 hogs. Enclosed concrete manure storage pits would be constructed under each building. Manure would be spread over 800 acres of land owned or leased by the applicant.
Individuals can submit comments about topics to be addressed in the environmental impact statement through Sept. 30, 2015. The department has already received input from citizens, organizations, municipalities and tribes identifying a range of issues for the project. All interested individuals have the opportunity to identify topics to be addressed in the draft EIS.
The agency's draft outline for the environmental impact statement is available by searching the DNR website for "Badgerwood." Comments can be mailed to Bill Clark, DNR, 810 W Maple St., Spooner, WI 54801, or sent by email to DNRBadgerwoodProposal@wisconsin.gov.
Environmental impact statements inform decision-makers and the public about the anticipated effects as well as alternatives to proposed projects. The EIS will not include any permit decisions for the proposed project, which will occur later through the legally prescribed regulatory processes.
The department will use the scoping comments, information in application submittals, and other sources to prepare a draft impact statement document. The public will be notified when the document is available for review and a hearing has been scheduled. No permit decisions will be made until after the environmental impact statement process is complete.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy Larson, 715-685-2913; Bill Clark, 715-635-4226