Yesterday, Bluestem Prairie reported in Senate Rural Task Force records no audio or video, keeps no minutes of meetings in St. Paul that in addition to not recording audio or video and not keeping minutes, the committee did not keep documents handed out at its meetings.
Today, we've been sent those documents and embed the pdf we were sent below, along with this headnote from the Senate Communications staff.
I have attached the documents that were handed out during last week's Senate Rural Task Force meeting. I am cc'ing Sen. Saxhaug's Committee Administrator Mitch Berggren on this email. Please direct any future questions to Mitch.
I am out of the office with limited email access. I will contact you upon my return.
Other posts about the Novermber 12 Senate Task Force Meeting include Co-founder of Senate Rural Task Force (est. 2014) attacks MPCA Citizen Board (est. 1967) and All farmers are equal in AGM Food & Farm pledge, but some less equal for Senator Rosen.
The documents appear to offer a proposal to make siting dairy operations conform more closely to a Wisconsin law passed during the administration of former Governor Doyle. It appears that local control and decision making as well as the power of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, would be affected by this proposal.
Meanwhile, the West Central Tribune reports that Meadow Star Dairy gets go-ahead for operation west of Willmar. The 8,800-animal-unit dairy operation is owned by Riverview LLP based in Morris.
In August, Riverview was asked by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to complete an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a different proposed dairy on the Pomme de Terre River in nearby Stevens County.
Although the Stevens County dairy is the only large feedlot ever to be asked by the Citizens Board of the MPCA to complete an EIS since the board was established in 1967, some agribusiness concerns have claimed the action will "chill" the creation of new dairy operations in Minnesota.
Or maybe not.
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