A chemical discharge from a Tyson Foods plant in Monett disrupted a wastewater treatment plant and killed hundreds of fish, leaving a foul smell over the region recently. Skip Schaller, superintendent of Monett's utilities, says the problem began on May 16 when a chemical compound called Alimet was discharged from Tyson's pre-treatment plant. Some of it made it to Monett's wastewater plant and killed bacteria there. Some of the contaminated water then went into Clear Creek.
Schaller says tests indicate the chemical is now gone and the city's plant is again working as it should.