Former DNR official hired by Mo. attorney general -

Former DNR official hired by Mo. attorney general

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri's attorney general has hired an environmental official involved with last year's delayed reporting of high bacteria levels in the Lake of the Ozarks.

Joe Bindbeutel (BIHND'-boy-tuhl) was deputy director of the Department of Natural Resources when the agency took about a month to go public with a report of high E. coli levels at the sprawling lake.

The attorney general's office said Friday it hired Bindbeutel on Jan. 25. He works in the consumer protection division.

Bindbeutel had taken responsibility for the delay in releasing the lake bacteria report. He left DNR to accept a gubernatorial appointment, but it was withdrawn.

Senators have accused DNR of risking public health. They're proposing to put state health officials in charge of water-quality tests.

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