Nixon: Missouri has pattern of water quality failures

Friday, October 16, 2009 | 11:02 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Jay Nixon has fired a longtime aide and reinstated Missouri's environmental chief after an investigation reveals a pattern of failures to protect Missouri's water quality.

Nixon said Friday that a review found 10 cases over the past three years in which beaches at state parks were not appropriately closed despite high levels of E. coli.

The Democratic governor also cited 14 cases since 2005 when the Department of Natural Resources apparently failed to tell the public about high bacteria levels in the Lake of the Ozarks.

Nixon said he is rescinding the appointment of Joe Bindbeutel to a state job, because Bindbeutel delayed the release of E. coli test results earlier this year. But Nixon is reinstating DNR Director Mark Templeton after a two-week suspension.


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