Missouri AG files lawsuit after fish kill

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JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) – Attorney General Chris Koster has sued Tyson Foods over a large fish kill in southwestern Missouri’s Clear Creek.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Barry County Circuit Court includes six counts asserting pollution of state waters and violations of hazardous waste laws.

Koster says the Tyson Foods facility in Monett began discharging wastewater containing an acidic animal feed supplement into the municipal sewer system in mid-May. The discharge interfered with the system’s ability to treat wastewater effectively.

Missouri conservation and natural resources officials say the result was a die-off of more than 100,000 fish and other wildlife in a four-mile stretch of Clear Creek.

A Tyson spokesman said Tuesday the company is sorry about what happened. Tyson has examined how it handles environmental issues in Monett and is improving its processes.