ADEM Director: Tyson facing significant monetary consequences for spill and fish kill


·         The director of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management says Tyson will face significant financial penalties following last June’s spill of partially treated wastewater and the massive fish kill that followed.

·         Negotiations are taking place between state officials and Tyson. A settlement is in the works.

·         It could be finalized very soon.


by Brian Pia, I-Team Investigator, ABC 33/40

September 3rd 2019


Walker County, Alabama — “What I’m seeing is no life. It’s just killed it. It’s a shame," said fisherman James Bramlett.


James Bramlett has fished on the Black Warrior River since he was a child. Mulberry Fork is the part of the river where he fished for bait.


“You should be able to see shad moving on top of the water. Threadfin shad. But you don’t see it. You don’t see a bit of movement,” Bramlett said.


The Alabama Department of Environmental Management estimates that 175,000 fish were killed after 220,000 gallons of partially treated wastewater spilled into the river from this Tyson-owned facility in Hanceville. The plant recycles poultry by-products to make ingredients for animal feed. Tyson bought the facility a year ago and was making upgrades.


ADEM says a contractor was pumping partially treated wastewater from one retention pond to another. A section of a pipe blew apart. That caused the spill, and the fish kill, after oxygen levels in the river dropped.


Settlement with Tyson is in the works ...


Tyson’s environmental record ... 


... “I don’t give a crap about the cost. The company is worth billions of dollars. They’re the ones ruining the river,” Bramlett said...