Political Pressure Prolongs Probe

1 decade 2 months 3 days ago Thursday, July 19 2007 Jul 19, 2007 Thursday, July 19, 2007 6:34:12 PM CDT July 19, 2007 in News
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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Reynolds County officials are concerned about an Environmental Protection Agency investigation into the Taum Sauk reservoir collapse. Five county leaders sent a letter to U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway suggesting that political pressure is prolonging the investigation. They want the case resolved quickly, so their schools can receive the property taxes from a rebuilt reservoir. Hanaway says her office asked the EPA to monitor the situation shortly after the Taum Sauk reservoir failed in December 2005. She says it was a standard request, not influenced by any political pressure. Hanaway confirms that she has been briefed by the state attorney general, Highway Patrol and Department of Natural Resources on their investigations.

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