Officials are now questioning if the plant needs a permit under the federal Clean Water Act. But the plant didn't need that permit for the 20 years they slaughtered cattle.The permit is for discharging waste into water, but the plant already has a closed lagoon water system. “We have a permit with the state of New Mexico, EPA to discharge 8,000 gallons of water per day into our discharge lagoons that are evaporative," De los Santos said.
De los Santos and his attorney are asking why the permit is necessary for a horse facility, but not for a cattle facility. For now de los Santos will have to keep waiting. "Tell me yes or tell me no, but tell me something. But they refuse to say anything,"
said de los Santos.