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Southwest Feeders, Inc.
Pt. SW 1/4, SE 1/4, Section 18 & Pt. N 1/2, Section 19, Township 13N, Range 39W, Keith County
Brule, NE
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NPDES General Permit for CAFOs Confining Cattle - NEG016000
August 23, 2017
September 25, 2017


Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
Water Permits Division
Lincoln, Nebraska

The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (Department) is issuing notice to provide an opportunity for any interested person to submit written comments, objections and/or hearing requests concerning the issuance of coverage under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) Confining Cattle to the following CAFO. The opportunity to comment applies only to the CAFO listed below and not to the General Permit which has already been issued.
The Public Notice period will run from August 23, 2017 through September 25, 2017.
Application Number
Name of Applicant
Southwest Feeders, Inc.
Name of Operation
Northwest Cattle Feeders - North
Authorized Representative
Alan Messinger
City/State/Zip Code
675 Road West F S
Brule, NE 69127
Legal Description
Pt. SW 1/4, SE 1/4, Section 18 & Pt. N 1/2, Section 19, Township 13N, Range 39W, Keith County
Animal Capacity and Type
Existing: 12,600 head of Feeder Cattle on 105.0 Acres of Total Drainage
Proposed: 12,400 head of Feeder Cattle on an additional 94.2 acres of Total Drainage
Type of Livestock Waste Control Facility
Existing: Two (2) Holding Ponds and One (1) Debris Basin
Proposed: One (1) Holding Pond and Seven (7) Debris Basins
Discharge Limits
The holding ponds must be designed, constructed, operated and maintained to control the manure, litter and process wastewater generated during the storage period plus the runoff produced by a 25-year, 24-hour storm event (4.1 inches). The storage period capacity for the open lots must be no less than the greater of the expected average runoff from the month of June or the maximum runoff expected between land application or disposal events.
Section(s) Of The NMP
Permit Terms of the Nutrient Management Plan (NMP)
Sections 3 & 5
1. Ensure adequate storage of manure, litter, and process wastewater, including procedures to ensure proper operation and maintenance of the storage facilities.
Section 5
2. Ensure proper management of mortalities.
Sections 3 & 5
3. Ensure clean water is diverted.
Sections 3 & 5
4. Prevent direct contact of animals with waters of the State.
Section 5
5. Ensure chemicals and other contaminants are properly handled onsite.
Sections 3 & 5
6. Site-specific conservation practices are implemented, including as appropriate, buffers or equivalent practices to control runoff of pollutants to waters of the State.
Section 5
7. Site-specific setback maps not included in #6 above.
Section 5
8. Ensure specific records are maintained as required in Part II, Section E, Table A.
Sections 3 & 5
9. Implement protocols to land apply manure, litter, and process wastewater to ensure agricultural utilization of the nutrients in the manure, litter, and process wastewater using the narrative rate approach:
Fields available for land application
Timing limitations for land application
Nitrogen & phosphorus transport risk assessment result
Planned crops or other usage
Alternative crops
Realistic annual crop yield goal
Total N & P recommendations per crop
Narrative rate approach methodology, to account for:
Soil test results;
Credits for plant available N in the field;
Amount of N & P in the manure, litter, and process wastewater to be applied;
Consideration of multi-year P application;
Accounting for all other additions of plant available N & P to the field;
Form and source of manure, litter, & process wastewater;
Timing and method of land application;
Volatilization of nitrogen and mineralization of organic nitrogen.
Maximum amount of N & P from all sources
Section 5
10. Ensure protocols for appropriate testing of manure, litter, process wastewater, and soil are followed.
Land Application Practices
The proposal is to land apply effluent through two 800-gpm portable pumps that connects to four existing center pivot systems. Solid waste will be land applied by pull-type dry manure spreader. A portion of the manure solids will be sold to area farmers. In addition, the facility may retain a manure handling contractor for the purpose of transportation or applying solid manure. Land application agreements have been signed
Land Application Sites
NE 19 N 13 W 39
S NW 19 N 13 W 39
SW 19 N 13 W 39
NE NE 19 N 13 W 39
S 19 N 13 W 39
NW 20 N 13 W 39
S NE 19 N 13 W 39
SE 19 N 13 W 39

End of Public Comment Period
September 25, 2017
This coverage under the NPDES General Permit would be for a period of up to five years, and would restrict pollutant discharges to comply with the requirements of Department regulations. The application includes a detailed nutrient management plan from which permit terms have been identified.

The application for General Permit coverage, nutrient management plan and other public information are available for review and copying between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (CT), weekdays, excluding holidays at the Department's Office, Suite 400, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Lincoln, Nebraska, 68508-8922; Telephone (402) 471-2186; FAX: (402) 471-2909; or E-Mail: Individuals requiring special accommodations or alternate formats of materials should notify the Department by calling (402) 471-2186. TDD users should call (800) 833-7352 and ask the relay operator to call the Department at (402) 471-2186. Please include the above name and legal description of the concentrated animal feeding operation.

All comments received during the public comment period will be considered in the final decision on granting coverage under the NPDES Permit. A request for a public hearing must be submitted in writing and must state the nature of the issues proposed to be raised at a hearing. A determination to hold a hearing will be based on factual environmental or regulatory considerations. All public comments and requests for hearings must be submitted in writing to: Agriculture Section, Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, PO Box 98922, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-8922.