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Published September 15, 2010, 04:39 PM

Judge blocks record release for farm facing suit

SNOW HILL, Md. — An Eastern Shore judge ruled state officials can’t give a University of Maryland environmental law clinic records on whether a farmer complied with a state law designed to prevent polluted farm runoff from entering the Chesapeake Bay.

SNOW HILL, Md. — An Eastern Shore judge ruled state officials can’t give a University of Maryland environmental law clinic records on whether a farmer complied with a state law designed to prevent polluted farm runoff from entering the Chesapeake Bay.

Worcester County Circuit Judge Thomas C. Groton III granted a temporary restraining order Tuesday barring the release and scheduled a Sept. 24 hearing. The Maryland Farm Bureau asked Monday that the judge block the release to the Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Maryland School of Law, which represents the Assateague Coastkeeper. The environmental group was one of several that sued Salisbury-based Perdue and the Hudson Farm, a Berlin contract grower, claiming runoff from the farm was polluting a local waterway.

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