Forget Sriracha. What North Dallas Needs Is a Rendering Plant!

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Smell of dead meat in the morning. Now North Dallas is hongry!

North Dallas state Representative Jason Villalba has been taking a certain amount of heat lately for courting the California hot-sauce-maker, Huy Fong Food Plants, trying to sell them on the idea of relocating to North Texas in order to escape local environmental complaints in the company's hometown of Irwindale, California. I think he's on to something.

Villalba's no fool. He knows the makers of Sriracha, a popular chili sauce, are using his interest in getting them to come to Texas as leverage in their fight with pissy local complainers. Apparently people in Irwindale think the chili plant makes the whole town stink like hot sauce. Villalba is telling them people in Texas think hot sauce smells good. If they move here, nobody will care.

Whether they are using his interest as leverage or not, he says courting this big food processor is an opportunity for Texas to hawk its virtues as a pro-business state where people aren't a bunchy of pissants. That's where I think he's on to something, and the possibilities are endless.

The Monroe County Sherer power plant in central Georgia, for example, has been taking way more heat than the chili factory since a number of research groups named it as the single worst air polluter in America. Pissants at the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, at Environment America and at the Environment Georgia Research and Policy Center have been using a bunch of science to rag on the plant and its owners as the single most toxic entity in the nation. If Villalba can't get the chili plant, he should definitely think about courting this one. It's huge!

And, look, maybe you think we're getting a little big for our britches believing we could actually lure the single biggest polluter in North America to come here. Fine. There are plenty of smaller dead fish in the sea. Right now in Russell Springs, Kentucky, a bunch of pissants are picking on a rendering plant that they say makes the whole town reek of dead dogs. I don't know how many jobs are involved, but if Villalba could land that one and bring it home to North Dallas, it would be a huge symbolic slap in the face for the pissants.

What really counts is what it says about North Texas: "Lead Pollution? So what? Earthquakes? Don't even notice. Whole town smells like a dead dog? What's your problem?" Maybe somebody could boil that down and put it on some billboards in his North Dallas district.

Right now, speaking of dead dogs, Olympic sailors trying to train for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio are getting all hissy because they say the water of Guanabara Bay reeks of raw sewage and is full of floating garbage, mattresses, tires and dead dogs. Look, whenever Villalba sees the pissants closing in on somebody like that, he and his crew should jump on a plane, go down there and court the whole city: "Tired of having The New York Times give you grief about a couple dead dogs? Come to North Dallas. You'll be treated like kings."

Villalba is right. The future is bright.



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42 comments
jswilson64
jswilson64

They need to put it in Lakewood. That'll teach 'em to complain about branch banks and CVS...

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

Jim's obviously never been to Lubbock, or Luling.  Between feed lots and NG extraction, we have towns that smell worse than dead dogs.

minimark
minimark

Jim - WRONG ARGUMENT!  If you want to argue against this maybe bring up what was brought up on Channel 8's news last night - lack of clean water resources in North Texas.  Smell - REALLY?  I think they can find a place in Denton if they so chose or somewhere in the gloriously large state where this plant can be located and not smell up a residential neighborhood.  I respect most of what you say, but this story reeks of "I need a story" or "I woke up on the wrong side of the bed" or "I'm anti-business" or "I hate Republicans and will rag on them even for the faintest of reasons.".  Explain how this is a public health or - whatever - issue that deserves this space and/or the time it took for me to read it (and you write it)?

chasd00
chasd00

Is that picture from Dorcester up around Sherman? When I was in HS there was an old FM road between Collinsville and Sherman that had, I bet, a 100 coyotes hanging from the fence posts. (this was in the mid 90's)

misanu
misanu

To all of y'all ragging on Texas please, please, please GO BACK TO WHERE YOU CAME FROM, including the pissant author of this article/blog.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Dallas all ready has a rendering plant and another 8 in the state that I can think of off the top of my head. Just saying.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Isn't there a lot in Frisco that is begging for a tenant?

And the sriracha stank would slow the growth that they are complaining about.

James080
James080

Did you have a bad weekend Jim?


"Lead Pollution? So what? Earthquakes? Don't even notice. Whole town smells like a dead dog? What's your problem?"----- SAID NO ONE...EVER


The Sriracha plant is currently operating in the People's Republic of California, likely the most over-regulated location on the planet. Do you seriously believe the Calepa would allow the plant to stay open if they violated even one state or federal regulation? 


What is your problem with Sriracha moving to Texas? I love the stuff. Mix equal parts Srarach and Italian dressing to marinate chicken over night, then baste with as you grill the bird. All kinds of kick-ass flavor.


P1Gunter
P1Gunter

I could go without the rendering plant, but I think The Cedars would make a great place for the Sriracha plant. Not residentially dense and a lot of old vacant warehouses. Plus jobs for Southern Dallas. But I suppose that is too logical.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

I couldn't locate the plant's physical address, but Irwindale looks well-populated on Google earth.

Maybe in the vastness of S Texas, they could locate the plant a sufficient distance from populated areas to lessen the odor.

But then, workers would have to drive the 20 or 30 miles to work, and Jim would target them for helping change the climate with those emissions.

If we had a Democrat governor, I'd wager Jim would have written about solutions, job creation and the like in a positive light, rather than rambling about stinky places no-where near Texas and of no interest to Texas readers. Rio? Georgia?

Rough weekend, Jim?

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

Do dead dogs smell different than dead cats?

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

Short-term economic gain is the only thing the pro-business, i.e. anti-regulation, folks seem to care about. They'd trade their grandkids'  better chance for a healthier planet for a fistful of dollars now. It's small-minded and short-sighted thinking. 

G_Titche
G_Titche

@minimark

Regrettably it's devolved to generating page views by stirring up the Voice Nation with PC buzz words and commentary then waiting for the contrarians to show up. Ain't we got fun?

What
What

@misanu You do know that those of us who were born and "reared" here have every right to be here as the next Texan born and reared here.   Now many commenter's here are NOT from here but agree with your opinion, so what should they do? 


I grew up here.  I can rag all I want.  I can rag about you ragging.  Know what I mean?

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@misanu  Because Texas needs you to protect it from the mean ol' commenters here. BTW, I enjoy ragging on Texas - and I was born here. There's always room for improvement.

DOisDUMDUM
DOisDUMDUM

@misanu  Jim will never go back to where he's from. There are too many black people there. 

dingo
dingo

@Sharon_Moreanus  

And if you don't process your exhaust gas with functional multistage scrubbers or waste heat boilers then you will get sued in Texas just like the pissants in Kentucky are doing.

JustSaying
JustSaying

@James080 I do love me some Sriracha. It tastes great on everything except for Mexican food. I actually keep the Cholula and Tapatio in a separate area of my refrigerator so they don't take the Sriracha out when the door closes and the lights go out.

JFPO
JFPO

"The Sriracha plant is currently operating in the People's Republic of California..."

Stopped reading there.

SayWhatAgain
SayWhatAgain

@TheRuddSki If we had a Democrat governor, Jim wouldn't have written about it at all as he would have had no control over the State of Texas.  Are you living in Texas again? 

Lakewooder
Lakewooder

Remarkably similar, minus the faint hint of arrogance

misanu
misanu

@What @misanu LOL, you could be born and "reared" but have a "different" state heart.  You should go where your heart leads you ;)

G_Titche
G_Titche

@DOisDUMDUM @misanu

Michigan is the People's Paradise brought to us by 50 years of stellar Democratic Party leadership so not sure why Shoots ain't there already...

misanu
misanu

Is that you theruddski, in the video? Did you run out of meds?

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Breaking Bad taught us that meth is cooked in RVs in the desert. Get your facts straight.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@SayWhatAgain

Trying to make sense of your reply... Jim controls Texas? Does Jim know this? And no, I don't live in Texas, FWIW.

ColonelAngus
ColonelAngus

@P1Gunter Only until such time as a chicken tycoon builds you a kickass meth factory.  I have my suspicions about Pollo Campero.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@P1Gunter  

Dallas is a cultural desert, so that takes care of that.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@SayWhatAgain

Oh I get it, I incorrectly used "we", since I'm not a resident. Great point.

SayWhatAgain
SayWhatAgain

@TheRuddSki I just wanted to help you out with Government.  Each State has ONE Governor.  So the collective WE doesn't work in this case.  Government can be tough to follow.  I doubt Jim would write about rendering in your State no matter if your Gov were a Dem or a Repub.  He might though as it comes with being a Socialist. 


Not to worry, I will be here off and on today to help you with adult issues.   I am multi-tasking so please have patience. 

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@dingo @CogitoErgoSum  Clearly your reading comprehension is lacking. Schutze is using the far-fetched example of a rendering plant as an exaggeration of what a "pro-business" lawmaker might pursue. None would actually do it because the NIMBY factor is a bit too high, especially with his scenario of locating it in North Dallas.

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