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From Public News Service
ROSWELL, N.M. - New Mexico's Valley Meat Co. has another obstacle in its path to becoming a horse slaughterhouse.
A Larkspur, Colo., group, Front Range Equine Rescue, has notified the Roswell company and two federal agencies - the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture - of its intent to sue for violation of the Clean Water Act.
Bruce Wagman, a partner at Schiff Hardin, a law firm representing Front Range Equine Rescue, said this issue goes back at least five years.
"This is about the failure to obtain a permit for discharge of contaminants from storm water," he said. "It's an ongoing violation because, as far as we know, they had a Grant of Inspection for cow slaughter all those years and were in violation of the Clean Water Act every day they were doing it."
A USDA Grant of Inspection is required before meat from a slaughterhouse can be sold. Wagman said the agency doesn't necessarily look at Clean Water Act issues when it decides on this document, so it is possible to be approved for business without being in compliance.
Valley Meat's attorney, A. Blair Dunn, said the company will not be out of compliance by the end of the 60-day time period in the notice to sue.
While the suit alleges that Valley Meat hasn't been in compliance with the Act, Wagman said, it is not known whether it has polluted water in the area. The waterways most likely to be affected, he said, are the Spring River Canal and the Pecos River - a place where people fish and swim.
"The Pecos River runs near Valley Meat and communicates with underground channels that go through nearby lakes and streams in New Mexico," he said.
Tracy Hughes, an environmental attorney with High Desert Energy and Environment Law Partners in Santa Fe, explained what can be found in storm water runoff.
"In industrial facilities, it's anything that a company may put in their parking lot or in their yard that may be stored outside," she said. "Then the precipitation falls on it, and that becomes runoff, and it can be oil and antifreeze, anything that leaks out of your car."
Getting the necessary permit to comply with the Clean Water Act would not be a lengthy process, Hughes said. However, if Valley Meat Co. is considered a "new source" because of its lack of a previous permit, she said, there would be a public notice and 30 days for public comment.
A report on developing a New Mexico stormwater pollution plan is online at epa.gov.
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I wonder if you can be on the lookout for Noel, a young kitten who was apparently stolen from a vehicle parked at Atalaya Elementary School, 721 Camino Cabra, sometime between 3-4 p.m. on Saturday. Noel, unfortunately, is not microchipped. She is, however, recently spayed, and was last seen…
Posted by Ben Swan on May 19, 2013 at 2:09pm
Thank you - everyone - who had their "hands" on this dog. She is doing wonderfully. She had recovered enough to be spayed and get the rest of her "normal" vetting. She is now a candidate for adoption, and we will work hard to make sure she goes to the best home possible. If you know anyone who is looking…Continue
Posted by Donna on May 17, 2013 at 2:54pm
I am a Santa Fe dog so never knew there was an ocean! The first day was pretty scary, but soon I made friends on the dog beach and then there was no stopping me. One day there were whales spouting. I loved everything about Santa Barbara and hope we go back. Well, I didn't like was the plane trip. There was an empty…Continue
Posted by Judith Newton on May 11, 2013 at 8:44am
Posted by Ben Swan on May 10, 2013 at 10:36am
FELINES & FRIENDS NEW MEXICO is in urgent need of reliable people to clean our Adoption Center at Petco on Cerrillos Rd. Each Sunday at 4pm the cats who have been at the center for a week return to their foster homes and a thorough cleaning/sterilization begins. We are in need of people willing to be a part of a two or three person team and can commit to 4pm - 7pm one Sunday per month. The cleaning procedure includes a full change of bedding, cage wraps, food & water bowls; complete…Continue
Posted by Bobbi Heller on April 24, 2013 at 10:50am
Eldorado Animal Clinic is now an adoption location for Felines & Friends. A playpen cage has been set up in the lobby and the first occupant awaiting adoption is NIKKI, a healthy 12 year old declawed Turkish Angora. NIKKI is used to living with other cats and cat-friendly dogs.
If you are interested in meeting NIKKI, please visit her at the clinic during regular business hours.…Continue
Posted by Bobbi Heller on April 22, 2013 at 7:59pm