ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Environment Department has set a public hearing on a water discharge permit for a Roswell company seeking to open up a horse slaughter processing plant.
The Roswell Daily Record [auth] reports (http://bit.ly/190Jsuq) that a hearing at the 5th Judicial District Courthouse has been scheduled next month on Valley Meat Co.’s permit.
State officials say the hearing was required after the department’s Water Quality Bureau received more than 450 public comments concerning Valley Meat’s application.
Kevin Powers of NMED’s Office of General Counsel says less than 12 of the public responses were received from New Mexico residents.
The department denied issuing the horse slaughter processing plant a temporary permit in July.
Valley Meat’s application to resume domestic horse slaughter has ignited a debate over whether horses are livestock or domestic companions.