Tyson Foods, currently under investigation by the EPA over the release of toxic chemicals at a plant in Monett, Mo., could lose around $500 million in government contracts if found guilty, The City Wire reports.
The company, which says it’s cooperating with the EPA in its investigation, sent Aliment tainted wastewater into Monett’s wastewater plant, releasing high levels of ammonia that killed about 100,000 fish.
Aliment is an additive used in chicken feed.
Since 2000 the US government has awarded Tyson Foods more than $4.7 billion in contract business, according to The City Wire.
Last year, Tyson Foods and several affiliate corporations agreed pay a $3.95 million penalty, conduct third-party audits and buy $300,000 worth of equipment for chemical emergency first responders, under a settlement to address anhydrous ammonia releases that killed one person and caused multiple injuries between 2006 and 2010.