The New Mexico Environment Department has set a public hearing at the 5th Judicial District Courthouse next month on Valley Meat Co.’s water discharge permit.
The department denied issuing the horse slaughter processing plant a temporary permit in July.
The hearing was required after the department’s Water Quality Bureau received more than 450 public comments concerning Valley Meat’s application, according to NMED. Of the 450 public responses, less than 12 were received from New Mexicans, according to Kevin Powers of NMED’s Office of General Counsel.
But because of the substantial public interest in the company’s permit, a public meeting was required, Powers said in July.
The company’s permit last expired in 2009. As Valley Meat Login to read more