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Lab owner loses challenge to 40 months in waste case

JACKSON — A federal appeals court has upheld a Mississippi environmental laboratory owner’s sentence for falsifying records on industrial wastewater samples.

Tennie White was sentenced to 40 months in prison in 2013. White was the sole operator of Mississippi Environmental Analytical Laboratories Inc.

White was convicted of two counts of making false statements and one count of obstruction.

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Court of Appeals on Monday denied White’s challenge to her sentence.

Prosecutors say Borg Warner Emissions Systems Inc. hired White to test wastewater discharge at its car parts plant in Water Valley. It says White created three reports in 2009 that indicated testing had been done, when it had not.

The tests were used for reports submitted to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.

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