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Neither the Hudson family farm nor Perdue Farms can get compensated for their legal costs in their long battle with an environmental group over allegations of polluting a nearby waterway.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that’s the ruling from a federal judge after a federal court’s decision that the family, which grows chickens for Perdue, did not cause any such pollution.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Perdue Farms is seeking up to $2.5 million in attorney fees following its victory in a poultry pollution case that has been closely watched by environmentalist and agriculture interests for its potential impact on the industry.

Perdue spokeswoman Julie DeYoung said Friday that the company was seeking to recoup attorney fees from the Waterkeeper Alliance, which filed suit against the company and an Eastern Shore contract grower.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Testimony has ended in Baltimore in a closely watched environmental lawsuit against an Eastern Shore chicken grower and poultry giant Perdue Farms Inc.

Farm groups say the lawsuit could bankrupt the Hudson Farm and set a harmful precedent for others. Environmentalist say poultry companies should be responsible for pollution by their growers.

The Waterkeeper Alliance says the Berlin farm is polluting a nearby river. Lawyers for the Hudson family and Salisbury-based Perdue say there's no evidence of pollution.

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Alan Hudson told a federal district court yesterday that it is possible water containing cow manure runs off into a ditch that drains from his property.

His testimony during a lawsuit filed against Hudson and Perdue for violations of the Clean Water Act by the environmental group Waterkeeper Alliance.

Capital News Service reports that water samples taken near the farm in 2009 and 2010 showed a sharp spike in bacteria and nutrient levels.

There are not as many farmers looking to take on processed sludge as fertilizer from Ocean City.

That has left the resort spending hundreds of thousands of dollars a year sending the sludge to the dump.

Brooks Clayville, a farmer in Snow Hill, told the Salisbury Daily Times that the problem is timing.

With all of his crops he won’t have enough room to store the sludge until winter time while much of the sludge in Ocean City comes during the tourist season.

But there are other concerns.