New Mexico Attorney General Gary King filed suit in December against Valley Meat, its owner Ricardo De Los Santos and two other companies after Valley Meat stated it planned to operate after the New Year without the required regulatory approval, according to King’s office.
Valley Meat is accused of repeatedly violating environmental requirements and federal food-safety laws, when the company processed cattle. Those violations allegedly included dumping “the remains of hundreds of dead and/or slaughtered animals on the grounds of the Slaughterhouse, in what became massive piles of rotting flesh and bones.”
King states environmental laws are on the books to protect precious natural resources, especially ground water. “Companies that willfully ignore those laws need to be held to account before they cause serious damage to public health or our environment.”
Valley Meat attorney Blair Dunn has argued that the state lacks jurisdiction and King is using the case to bolster his bid for governor.
The parties are scheduled to be back in court on January 13 for another hearing.