LET Correcting LSP inaccuracies
We are writing in response to Mark Moenning's letter that ran June 13. In Mr. Moenning's letter, there are many inaccuracies about the Land Stewardship Project (LSP) and the factory hog confinement proposed in Dodge County's Milton Township.
If Mr. Moenning would have checked his facts, he would have found that 37 farmers and rural residents who live near the proposed factory hog confinement are the ones appealing the county's decision not to order an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). He inaccurately says LSP's legal team filed the challenge. LSP does not have a legal team and is not spending a dime on the legal case. Local citizens such as us are the ones covering the costs.
We believe the testimony of experts from the University of Minnesota and the DNR that made it clear that because of sinkholes and the karst geology this was a bad site for a large liquid manure pit.
Mr. Moenning also says the proposer volunteered for an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW). What Mr. Moenning did not mention is that the county denied the first conditional-use permit for this project and told the proposer that he would have to do an EAW before reapplying for a permit. After that, the proposer "volunteered."
We are LSP members because LSP wants to see strong rural communities with livestock on family farms.
Scott; and Beth Glarner