Missouri senators doubt DNR's cooperation in E. coli probe

Friday, August 28, 2009 | 1:21 p.m. CDT; updated 9:53 a.m. CDT, Thursday, October 1, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri senators are contending the Department of Natural Resources is not fully cooperating with a probe into delayed E. coli tests results at the Lake of the Ozarks.

The department in May withheld for about a month test results showing unsafe levels of E. coli in the lake. A Senate environment committee has launched a probe into the handling of the report and plans to recommend possible changes in state policy.

Senators on Friday complained that the department has stymied the review and that the agency's general counsel is treating it like a criminal investigation. Committee chairman Brad Lager, a Republican from Savannah, says it's a public policy review and lawmakers need information from DNR.

DNR Director Mark Templeton did not immediately return a call seeking comment.


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