The owner of a Gallatin business expects to hear a decision by the end of this month on an application for state permit in conjunction with plans for a proposed horse slaughtering operation.
Rains Natural Meats also is waiting on U-S Department of Agriculture inspectors to visit the facility east of Gallatin.
Owner David Rains explains the initial application for a waste water discharge permit was on the wrong D-N-R form. When advised of that, Rains said that form was withdrawn and he resubmitted the request on the correct form.
Rains anticipates a decision will be made by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources by January 27th. He described the permit as a critical need for the business to begin horse slaughtering subject to U-S-D-A inspection.
According to Rains, that inspection process has been held up by legal action in the courts. Federal funds were reauthorized (in 2011) for the USDA to conduct inspections before horse slaughter plants can begin operations.
At least one opponent of horse slaughtering, Front Range Equine Rescue, has circulated news releases (this month) to the media claiming Rains Natural Meats has either â€śbeen deniedâ€ť or â€świthdrawnâ€ť its application for a state permit.
But again, David Rains of Gallatin, says the effort continues administratively to seek the wastewater permit. No actual hearing is anticipated, according to Rains.