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Valley Meats Disputes State Fine For Improper Cow Disposal

New Mexico’s Valley Meat Co. is appealing a state fine of $86,400 for improper disposal of composted cattle remains.

Valley Meat gained notoriety earlier this year when it applied to USDA for equine inspection services to open a horse slaughter facility for export at its closed beef plant near Roswell, NM.

The New Mexico Environment Department issued a compliance order Aug 2, citing Valley Meat for failure to register as a compositing facility for property located near the slaughterhouse, and for failing to properly dispose of solid waste.

Valley Meat received the order and notice about the fine by e-mail on Aug. 14. Company attorney A. Blair Dunn said Valley Meat would file an appeal and request a hearing by state officials.

New Mexico’s order came after a 2 year stand off over Valley Meat’s failure to move a 400 ton pile of composted cattle remains because a local landfill could not receive the waste due to state restrictions.

As for registering the site, Dunn says the state lost two previous applications and then took the position that the third one was not filed in a timely manner.

After President Obama and Congress last year lifted a 5 year ban on horse slaughter inspection, Valley Meats filed an application that is still pending for equine inspection services at the closed facility it had once used for beef.

Horse slaughter opponents sought to discredit Valley Meats in its application for equine inspections by using the two-year-old problem with the pile of dead cows at the Roswell plant.

An inspector for USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service had first questioned the 15-foot pile of rotting cow flesh in January 2010.

Valley may resume beef operations while it waits for action on its request for equine inspection services.

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  • http://www.equinewelfarealliance.org John Holland

    Valley Meats announced that it was dropping its plans to slaughter horses several weeks ago.

  • Elizabeth Dana

    As a concerned American taxpaying citizen, I would hope Attorney Dunn and his clients realize that a 15 foot tall 400 ton pile of rotting slaughtered cow offel in New Mexico heat, is not only an environental but huan health hazard, a disease breeding for TB, West Nile Virus, EEE, MSRA( Flesh Eating Bacteria), blood bourne pathogens, HEP , and cancer causing Leukeia as well as waste water E. Coli Coliform, Tueria, etc.
    I think this is a horrible sin to even allow this company to ever operate again. How can they operate while this proceeding is in appeal as they will use the same disregard for the LAWS of New Mexico and the EPA of the United States! Please SHUT THEM DOWN AND KEEP THEM SHUT!!! A pandemic is breeding there,

  • Tawny O’Hara

    They can’t operate again because the pile of rotting animal carcasses wasn’t the only citation. They were shut down because of inhumane slaughter citations. they can’t slaughter cattle humanely and they think they can horses?