Beach stayed open despite high bacteria levels

Thursday, October 15, 2009 | 5:44 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri parks official said a Lake of the Ozarks beach with high bacteria levels was not closed because he was on vacation, and it stayed open because he missed later test results.

The Department of Natural Resources didn't close the beach after tests on May 18 and May 27 . A Senate committee is investigating how DNR handles E. coli because results from another testing program were delayed about a month.

Jim Yancey oversees environmental operations in state parks, including beach testing. He told Senate investigators results from May 18 tests came when he was on vacation. The interview transcript was released Thursday.

Yancey said the beach was open after May 27 based on "bad information" because he missed results from a follow-up test. Yancey said he was disciplined by DNR.


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