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SAVANNAH, MO (2011-01-26) Missouri's attorney general is unveiling a new plan to improve water quality in the lake of the Ozarks.
At the same time, Chris Koster is pushing back against a northwest Missouri lawmaker. Dangerous E-Coli levels discovered at the lake in 2009 resulted in a flurry of finger pointing in Jefferson City. That also launched a senate committee investigation headed by Savannah senator Brad Lager which included a request for copies of 5,000 e-mails at the state Department of Natural Resourcs offices regarding the contamination investigating a possible effort to withhold test results prior to the busy memorial day weekend. Now attorney general Koster has issued a list of 12 recommendations to clean up the water including setting tougher standards for septic tanks. But he says he hopes lawmakers will take the recommendations just as seriously as they did the revelations of E-Coli levels. Koster also wants to increase funding for the Missouri DNR. Lager has pushed for real-time testing of the lake to reduce the chance users could be infected before the test results are released.
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