Forsman Farms has proposed an expansion to its existing
egg-laying facility in Wright County.
As part of its responsibility to conduct environmental review of
projects such as this, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
has prepared an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for the
The EAW is a review of how a proposed project could potentially
affect the environment. The public is invited to comment on the EAW
through Aug. 7.
Forsman Farms is located southeast of Cokato. The farm has
proposed constructing two new chicken confinement buildings,
remodeling six barns, adding two wells, and constructing other
associated infrastructure. The changes will allow the farm to add
661,000 laying hens, resulting in a total capacity of 1,536,000
Part of the purpose of the EAW is to help the MPCA determine
whether an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), a more in-depth
environmental review, is needed. The EAW must be completed before the
MPCA can issue final permits for the project.
Comments on the EAW must be submitted in writing by 4:30 p.m. on
Aug. 6, 2013, to Charles Peterson, MPCA, 520 Lafayette Rd. N., Saint
Paul MN 55155 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To request a copy of the draft EAW or to inquire about the
environmental review process, call Peterson at 651-757-2856. The
documents are also posted online at the MPCA’s EAW and EIS webpage