J.R. Simplot Co. and its partner applied for an air quality permit for its planned beef packing plant near Kuna, which would have the capacity to process 1,700 head of cattle a day into meat cuts and hides. The 300,000-square-foot plant is slated for construction near the intersection of Kuna Mora and South Cole roads.
The Idaho Department of Environmental quality has reviewed the proposal and determined that emissions from construction of the $100-million plant and its operations fall within state regulations.
Members of the public have until Oct. 29 to submit comments in favor or in opposition of the plan. The proposal and comment for are available at the DEQ website.
Simplot is equal partners on the project with Caviness Beef Packers of Amarillo, Texas. The plant will receive cattle per day from dairies and ranches from around the Northwest and create about 600 jobs, Simplot said. The joint venture will operate as CS Beef Packers.