Missouri governor denies knowing about lake water tests

Monday, September 28, 2009 | 3:49 p.m. CDT; updated 9:43 a.m. CDT, Thursday, October 1, 2009

KANSAS CITY — Gov. Jay Nixon says decision-making personnel in his office didn't know about a May finding of high E. coli levels at the Lake of the Ozarks until almost a month later.

Nixon said Monday that someone in his communications office may have been informed shortly after the Department of Natural Resources received results of the water tests.

However, the governor said the information wasn't passed on to him or other high-ranking officials in his office.

The results were not released to the public until June 26, when lower E. coli levels from later tests also were reported. A former DNR official told Senate investigators that she told one of Nixon's aides about the results on May 29.

The governor's office had said it didn't know about the results until June 23.


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