MONETT, Mo. (Legal Newsline) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against Tyson Foods after it allegedly dumped untreated industrial wastewater into a Southwest Missouri stream, killing at least 100,000 fish.
Starting on May 16, the Monett-based Tyson Foods facility discharged wastewater that contained a highly acidic animal feed supplement into the city's sewer system. The discharge allegedly caused the city's biological wastewater treatment system to fail, resulting in a high level of ammonia flowing into Clear Creek and killing at least 100,000 fish.
"Missouri's waterways are among our state's most important natural resources," Koster said. "Tyson's conduct threatened the vitality of Clear Creek as a resource for Southwest Missouri. Tyson Foods must be held accountable for dumping pollution into the waterways of Southwest Missouri, and this conduct must not happen again."
The lawsuit alleges Tyson polluted state waters and violated Missouri's hazardous waste laws. Koster's suit seeks penalties against Tyson, reimbursement of state costs and compensation for the damage to the stream.