ALDEN, Minn.- John Perschbacher currently has 1 barn with 2,400 head of swine. His proposal is to add another barn and 2,600 more head of swine. That means he'd have 2 barns with 2,500 head of swine in each, or 5,000 swine in total.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency held a public comment forum for their environmental review of the proposed swine expansion in Freeborn County.
The proposed expansion is about 2 miles southeast of Alden.
Community members' main concerns at Tuesday night's meeting were about the smell and the potential for water contamination.
But the farm owner says he's doing all that is required to be sure this is a sanitary and safe place for all.
"I'm trying to be a good neighbor. I'm not trying to pollute water or anything because I have to drink the same water, I live a mile away from it myself.
"Raising livestock today is a lot more environmentally sound than it used to be but it takes money to implement these things and you have to have more livestock to justify the cost of doing it."
The state does not regulate odor, but they do regulate hydrogen sulfide emissions, which is the chemical that causes odor.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is accepting public comment in writing until Oct. 10.