The owner and operator of a Mississippi environmental laboratory has been charged in federal court with two felony counts of falsification of records and one count of obstructing a federal criminal investigation.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Tennie White, owner, operator and manager of Mississippi Environmental Analytical Laboratories, Inc., was retained “to perform laboratory testing of a manufacturer’s industrial process waste water samples and then to use those results to complete monthly discharge monitoring reports [DMRs] for submission to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEP). The indictment alleges that from February to August 2009 White created three [DMRs] that falsely represented that laboratory testing had been performed on samples when, in fact, such testing had not been done. The indictment further alleges that White created a fictitious laboratory report and presented it to her client for use in preparing another DMR.” It also alleges that White made false statements to a federal agent during a subsequent criminal investigation.

If convicted, White could be sentenced to a maximum prison term of five years and a $250,000 fine per count. The obstruction charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. See DOJ Press Release, November 9, 2012.