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Here's How Tyson Foods' Ammonia Waste Killed All the Fish in an Entire Creek

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The DNR says Tyson caused an interference of "publicly owned treatment works" and violated several sections of Missouri's Clean Water Law. Here's the letter from the DNR to Tyson:

Report on Tyson Fish Kill Investigation: Monett Municipal by Lindsay Toler

But Tyson gets to share the blame with the City of Monett and its taxpayers as the DNR says that, since it was Monett's WWTF that ultimately dumped the ammonia-filled water into the creek, the city violated several parts of the Missouri Clean Water Law:

From May 19, 2014 to May 29, 2014, the City of Monett failed to comply with the ammonia effluent limits contained in Part "A" of Missouri State Operating Permit (MSOP) number MO-021440 which is a violation of Missouri Clean Water Law Sections 644.051.1(3) and 644.076.1, RSMo. The City of Monett failed to comply with special conditions 7 (3) and (4) of Missouri State Operating Permit (MSOP) number MO0021440 which is a violation of Missouri Clean Water Law Section 644.076.1, RSMo. The City of Monett failed to operate and maintain facilities to comply with the Missouri Clean Water Law and applicable permit conditions which is a violation of Missouri Clean Water Law Sections 644.051.1(3) and 644.076.1, RSMo.

On or before May 23, 2014 through May 27, 2014, the City of Monett caused pollution to a tributary of Clear Creek and Clear Creek, waters of the state, resulting in a fish kill which is a violation of Missouri Clean Water Law Sections 644.051.1(1) and 644.076.1, RSMo.

DNR spokesperson Gena Terlizzi tells Daily RFT that the matter has been sent to the state attorney general's office and any further action will be determined by them. Here's the whole DNR report:

Report on Tyson Fish Kill Investigation: Monett Municipal by Lindsay Toler


See also: Somebody Dumped 600+ Dead Chickens into Rural Missouri Creek

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8 comments
Mark Alan
Mark Alan

have you seen what those bastards do to baby (male) baby chickens? - they should be closed down and imprisoned! if it was a puppy or a cat people would freak the F out!

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

A whole bunch of hillbillies doing hillbilly shit, never ends well.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

When people pollute, they should be made to pay for the clean-up. Replacing fish is not feasible. The penalties should be high enough to make both the company and city reconsider their safety measures. When the cost of fines is greater than the cost of building safety systems, Safety systems get built in a hurry. Correcting the ecosystem is difficult.

Steve Ernst
Steve Ernst

Good thing you A-holes at the RFT vote for more gov't to get the kickbacks that this type of corporate protectionism favors .

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