A state hearing started Tuesday at the Chaves County Courthouse to determine if Valley Meat Co. should be reissued its groundwater discharge permit as part of its plan to start operating as a horse meat processing plant.
“I feel ready to move forward and put this behind us,” said owner Rick De Los Santos.
De Los Santos has already contracted with a company in Dallas to process up to 120 horses per day at his plant. He said he is ready to start providing a good service, jobs and start contributing taxes to Roswell.
“I am very confident we will get the renewal,” De Los Santos said. “This is the one I wanted to get through first.”
De Los Santos said he looked most forward to getting through the New Mexico Environment Department permit hearing.
A second hearing by a U.S. federal judge in Albuquerque at the end of this month will reconsider allowing the USDA to proceed with its grant of inspection for Valley Meat.
Tuesday’s hearing is being held by the New Mexico Environment Department after it denied Valley Meat’s application for a Login to read more