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A state water official told members of a Tennessee environmental group that their water quality complaints could be considered an act of terrorism.

The comments came at a meeting between Department of Environment and Conservation officials and Mount Pleasant residents who are members of Statewide Organizing for Community Empowerment.

In an audio recording provided by the environmental group, TDEC Deputy Director of the Division of Water Resources Sherwin Smith says, “…you need to make sure that when you make water quality complaints you have a basis, because federally, if there’s no water quality issues, that can be considered, under homeland security, an act of terrorism.”