Archive for Thursday, September 28, 2017

Tyson Poultry pleads guilty to violating Clean Water Act, must pay $2 million fine

September 28, 2017


SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— Tyson Poultry Inc. pleaded guilty to two counts of violating the federal Clean Water Act in 2014 with discharges from its plant in Monett.

Under a plea deal announced Wednesday in federal court in Springfield, Tyson agreed to pay a $2 million fine, serve two years of probation and pay $500,000 to maintain and restore waterways in the Monett area.

The discharge of an animal feed ingredient into Monett wastewater treatment system disrupted the plant’s operation and killed more than 100,000 fish in a nearby stream.

The company said in a statement that it was taking full responsibility for “an unfortunate mistake.”

Tyson also will hire independent auditors at all its poultry facilities, conduct environmental training and improve procedures to address circumstances that led to the 2014 spill.


Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 7 months, 3 weeks ago

But, but, but the jobs...

Good for the people of Tongie and other Leavenworth county residents who stopped this corporation. They've done it before, they will do it again.

Steve Jacob 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Lets boycott Whole Foods, Suzuki, Sears, Harley-Davidson Nevada, Volkswagen, Trader Joes, Rhode Island, Tractor Supply Company, P. Rico, , Missouri, Hyundai, Kia, Costco, Lowes and hundreds of other cities, states and businesses that have been fined by the EPA since 2014 alone.

Sam Crow 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Don't forget the EPA s own spill two years ago when they poisoned the Animus and San Juan Rivers in Colorado with the Gold King mine. It affected four other states.

In January it refused to pay $1.2 billion in claims for what it called, its "discretionary" mistake.

Steve King 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Hyperbolic comment Steve. Accidents happen but Tyson has paid cose to a Billion in fines total. They are the #2 on the list of cronic polluters. I doubt any you listed are in the top 10.

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Shows how smart the people of Tonganoxie are, doesn't it.

Clark Coan 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Too bad Concordia is now looking to attract the plant. There are some big wind farms up there.

Steve Jacob 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Im just looking at the future. Automation and A. I. is going to make jobs harder and harder for the non-college educated people. Bank jobs, driving jobs, will disappear over the next 20 years.
About the only factories being build are food related, if anything can be done overseas it will be.

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