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HANCEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The state of Alabama is suing Tyson Foods over a 2019 wastewater spill that caused the largest recorded fish kill in the state. 

The Alabama attorney general’s office filed the suit Thursday, saying Tyson was negligent “by causing a public nuisance." The lawsuit says a pipe failure at the Tyson plant caused over 200,000 gallons of “insufficiently-treated wastewater” to flow into the Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River, killing around 175,000 fish.

Sewage spill
Nelson Brooke / Black Warrior Riverkeeper

An Alabama utility company has disclosed that more than 800,000 gallons of untreated sewage spilled from a plant during a storm, eventually reaching the Tennessee River.

The Decatur Daily reports disclosures filed by Decatur Utilities with the state Environmental Department reveal that about 8 million gallons of raw sewage have escaped the company's system this year. The largest discharge happened last week when rain overwhelmed old pipes and sewage flowed from a manhole for days.

Sewage spill
Nelson Brooke / Black Warrior Riverkeeper

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) — Alabama environmental officials say another waste water spill from a Tyson Farms plant has contaminated rivers with E. coli and killed an untold number of fish.

News outlets report up to 800,000 gallons of waste water spilled last week from the Tyson Farms Inc. River Valley Ingredients plant. Tyson blames pipe failure. The mess flowed into the Sipsey Fork and Mulberry Fork rivers. Clean-up crews this week found E. coli levels twice the safe amount allowed by the state.

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — The mayor of Athens, Alabama is blaming an "employee error" for a sewage spill that killed thousands of fish in water near Swan Creek.

Al.com reports the spill killed about 3,000 fish, including 17 federally protected slackwater darters. The endangered species lives in some Alabama and Tennessee creeks.