Missouri clean-water group files complaint against DNR

Friday, July 17, 2009 | 12:25 p.m. CDT; updated 2:59 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 17, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY — A clean-water organization has filed a complaint against the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for withholding a report showing unsafe levels of E. coli in the Lake of the Ozarks.

The Missouri Clean Water Campaign, which is part of the Sierra Club, is asking Attorney General Chris Koster to investigate allegations that state officials refused to turn over public documents. The lake water was tested May 26, but the findings weren't released until June 26.

A DNR spokeswoman initially told The Kansas City Star the report wasn't released earlier because of concerns it could harm tourism and business around the lake. Later, DNR said the report should have been released immediately.

Clean Water Campaign Chairman Ken Midkiff said Friday that not releasing the study violated state open records laws.


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