The general public will get their opportunity to weigh in on the re-issuance of a pollution discharge permit for Agropur’s Luxemburg cheese plant.
According to the permit’s fact sheet on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ website, Agropur has applied for a multi-discharger variance (MDV) for phosphorus for the upcoming five-year term. Under the variance pre-approved by the DNR, Agropur will be required to report the total amount of phosphorus it discharges into a tributary of the East Twin River each month and at the end of the year. The company would have to pay $54.99 per pound of phosphorus discharged during the previous year in excess of the target value of 0.2 mg/L to Brown, Manitowoc, and Kewaunee counties. The East Twin River is listed as an impaired waterway by the DNR.
The public hearing for the re-issuance of the pollution discharge permit for Agropur will take place virtually on May 10th at 10 a.m.