White created three discharge monitoring reports that falsely represented that laboratory testing had been performed on samples when the testing had not been done.
Tennie White, owner, operator and manager of Mississippi Environmental Analytical Laboratories Inc., was charged in a three-count felony indictment with two false statements counts and one count of obstructing proceedings. The jury found White guilty of all counts after an eight day trial before U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate at the federal courthouse in Jackson, Miss.
“Our environmental regulatory system depends on the self-reporting of accurate information, including what is being released into the environment,” said Gregory K. Davis, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi. “When laboratories [that] are paid to test and report samples of what is being discharged into our nation’s waters fabricate results and lie to investigators, they will be prosecuted.”
“Americans expect their public water supply to be clean and safe to use,” said Maureen O’Mara, special agent in charge of EPA’s criminal enforcement program in Mississippi. “In order to safeguard public health, it is absolutely essential that governments receive accurate test results and measurements. Violators who submit false reports undermine our efforts to protect the public and the environment… The American people will not tolerate laboratories and their managers who place the public at risk by knowingly falsifying test results.”
Environmental Lab Operator Found Guilty of Falsifying Records on Industrial Wastewater