DNR official fired over E. coli at beach

Friday, October 23, 2009 | 9:18 a.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY — A Missouri environmental official has been fired because a E. coli-infested beach was not closed at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Jim Yancey led the state parks environmental section and oversaw bacteria testing at state beaches. The Kansas City Star reported Friday that Yancey had been fired from his job with the Department of Natural Resources. He worked nearly 25 years at the agency.

A beach at the Lake of the Ozarks was not closed after two tests in May showed high bacteria. Yancey has said he was on vacation when the first results came in. He said he missed a follow-up test showing high bacteria.

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