A federal grand jury has reportedly indicted the Stover, Missouri, mayor and public works superintendent for submitting false information about the city’s water supply to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR). U.S. v. Sparks, No. 10-04021 (W.D. Mo. issued 04/15/20). Defendants were charged in a 30-count indictment with violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act for filing false records and adulterated samples with DNR.
The indictment charges that the public works superintendent filed records between September 2006 and December 2007, showing that water samples were taken at certain addresses, even though he knew he had not sampled at those locations. He was also charged with counts of making false statements related to bacteriological water-analysis samples submitted to DNR, despite knowing that the water had been adulterated with chlorine bleach to prevent an accurate laboratory analysis. The mayor was indicted on one count of misprision of a felony for concealing the alleged crime from authorities. He allegedly knew about the false information submitted to DNR, but denied that he knew about it to an EPA agent. See BNA Daily Environment Report, April 19, 2010.