Rains Natural Meats has been angling to build a horse slaughtering facility in northwest Missouri. A judge has blocked a state Department of Natural Resources permit that would allow the site to reuse wastewater. The attorney for the plaintiffs seeking to block the permit said,
"While the type of permit Rains applied for would allow the discharge of certain substances, such as nitrogen, phosphorus, oil and grease, the permit does not authorize the storage and land application of these equine drugs which are banned for use in humans and other animals. Consequently, DNR lacks legal authority to approve Rains' application."