By Allison Kite
A southwest Missouri meatpacker has withdrawn its request to discharge treated wastewater into an impaired river after state regulators announced their intent to deny the company a permit.
Missouri Prime Beef Packers, which processes 3,500 cattle per week near Pleasant Hope, sought permission from the state last year to use a proprietary microbe technology to treat wastewater from its operations and discharge it into the Pomme de Terre River.
It had previously applied the wastewater to surrounding land as fertilizer.
But the company informed the Missouri Department of Natural Resources last month that it was withdrawing its application for a permit to discharge water from its operations into the Pomme de Terre River.
Representatives for the company did not immediately return a request for comment.