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Published September 21, 2010, 09:19 AM

Premiere of river pollution film postponed

MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Minnesota has postponed the release of a documentary on agricultural pollution in the Mississippi River, saying it needs to be reviewed for balance and objectivity.

MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Minnesota has postponed the release of a documentary on agricultural pollution in the Mississippi River, saying it needs to be reviewed for balance and objectivity.

The film “Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story,” was produced with $500,000 in state lottery proceeds and foundation grants. It shows pollution problems in the Mississippi from farm chemicals and other sources.

University relations vice president Karen Himle has notified the Bell Museum of Natural History that the Oct. 3 premiere screening and broadcast on Twin Cities Public Television has been canceled.

University spokesman Daniel Wolter tells the Star Tribune university officials and faculty previewed the documentary and raised questions about the accuracy and objectivity of the film. Wolter says the premiere was delayed for “scientific and institutional review.”

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