Breaking News: NM company wastewater permit denied


Seattle PI, JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press

Unknown-2ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico company’s hard-fought attempts to convert its cattle plant to a horse slaughterhouse was dealt a series of new blows Monday, with the state denying its wastewater permit and actor Robert Redford, former Gov. Bill Richardson and the state attorney general announcing plans to intervene in a lawsuit seeking to block a return to domestic horse slaughter.

The New Mexico Environment Department told Valley Meat Co. of Roswell, which has a lapsed discharge permit, that it won’t renew the permit without a public hearing because of extensive comments already received.

Valley Meat Co. attorney Blair Dunn said the lack of permit would not prevent the plant from opening as planned Aug. 5, but it would increase the cost of doing business because the plant would have to haul its waste.

Dunn accused the state of unfairly targeting a small, family-owned business. He noted that many dairies are operating around the state with lapsed permits.


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AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
  • Karin Buckham

    EXcellent news.

    July 22, 2013
  • Debbie Tracy

    You Know this attorney is honestly a real ASSH_LE when stuff doesn’t go his way he gets really dirty and doesn’t give a sh-t what he says or how he says it, REAL PRO that one is…

    It’s coming together isn’t it so many good people fighting so hard to stop this. We all are so grateful for their help…. THANK YOU, ALL our hearts and prayers will be with you on Aug 2, for sure. 🙂

    July 22, 2013
  • Terra Pennington

    To bad so sad is all I can say to Mr. Dunn we don’t want this family own small business in the US. This so call family business will end up costing the American people more money in taxes with USDA inspection than it will bring in in revenue for the state. What American would willingly eat toxic horse meat? What USDA inspector or Government department would allow US breed horses to be slaughter for human consumption in the first place knowing that the EU has ban US horses from slaughter because of toxic drugs and no tracking system in place to prevent drug filled horses from entering the food supply in Europe. My next question is haul its waste where? No one in their right mind would agree to take on this type of waste.

    July 22, 2013
  • Geri Vincent

    Great news!

    July 22, 2013
  • Nohorseslaughter Ortiz

    I live in Roswell, New Mexico. The fight may not be over yet, even with the great news the last few days. Dunn has said they will ship the waste but at more expense. Expense of what? Here is the REAL expense and it’s graphic but please pass it on:

    July 23, 2013
  • Robynne Catheron

    So far, so good. Thank you to Robert Redford, Gov Richardson and the state attorney general for coming aboard. But I’m curious, “haul its waste” to where?

    July 23, 2013
  • JanSchultz

    With each day, remind ypourself and others to call their Washington DC reps to pass the SAFE Act to President Obama to sign! Strike while the iron is hot. This agency confired that oiur calls and comments do get their attention.

    July 23, 2013
  • Arlene

    PUT OUR MUSTANGS BACK ON THE RANGE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 23, 2013

    This is a forum for supporters, not a place for foul language. Comments deleted

    July 23, 2013
  • Morgan Griffith

    Seems that hauling waste products out of there from the old cattle days was a huge problem with mounds of cattle parts rotting in the sun. How do they figure they are going to haul all the blood and horse parts out of there. I’d say it won’t happen. It will be the beginning of environmental hazards with this plant.

    July 23, 2013
  • Daniel Cordero

    Hahaha… Stick that in your pipe Wallis and smoke it.

    BTW, when Dallas Crown’s permit was suspended they also hired someone to haul the wastewater out of the plant and it ended up being dumped in trenches and the like. Natural Meats (Cavel reloaded) did the same as well but at a greater scale. So be on the lookout for Ricardito dumping blood in some remote stretch in the middle of the night…

    July 23, 2013
  • Valerie W.

    Sounds great, but, I’m not counting my chickens before they hatch. This states that he still plans to start slaughtering horses on August 5th, “as planned”, he’ll just have to pay to have the waste hauled somewhere else. So, if this is true, it is still not good news for our horses!

    July 25, 2013