Tyson Foods, Inc. and City of Monett Face Violations After Fish Kill

By KOLR10 News , Matt Lupoli | mlupoli@kolr10.com

Published 06/10 2014 03:51PM

Updated 06/10 2014 11:32PM

MONETT, Mo. – The City of Monett and Tyson Foods, Inc. are facing violations from the Department of Natural Resources after a chemical incident in May.

According to a statement from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the City of Monett and Tyson violated the Missouri Clean Water Law.

Near the end of May, thousands of fish were discovered dead in Clear Creek after days of a terrible smell filled Monett. The smell was believed to have been caused by the Tyson plant.

The DNR believes the chemical "Alimet" may have been introduced into the environment via waste-water sent from Tyson’s pre-treatment system to Monett’s wastewater treatment facility.

Aliment is a liquid animal feed substitute.

Due to the violations resulting in a fish kill, the incident is being given to the DNR’s Water Pollution Control Branch, Compliance and Enforcement Section in Jefferson City for review and appropriate enforcement action.

The DNR is also conduction a hazardous waste investigation to determine any additional violations.

The full statement from the DNR and the investigation report is attached above.

The following is a statement from Tyson Foods, Inc. emailed to KOLR10's Matt Lupoli: 


We’re working cooperatively with city and state officials as they investigate this matter. Like most people, we’re very concerned about water quality and its impact on the surrounding environment. Water is a critical natural resource and we work to protect it at all of our locations. We’re awaiting additional discussions with the state and city so we can understand how our operations potentially played a role in what happened.

Many of our team members and their families live in the community, so when it’s affected, we’re all affected. We hope to have a conversation with Missouri Department of Natural Resources about what we can do to assist with improvements of the creek. We have a long history of mutually productive cooperation with the City of Monett and we hope that will continue as we work through this process.

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