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Poultry Group Doubts Validity of Published Paper

February 21, 2011
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According to the Associated Press, evidence dismissed as "junk science" during Oklahoma''s fight against pollution from the Arkansas poultry industry has been accepted for publication in a scientific journal, but chicken growers and a lawyer specializing in environmental law say the research provides no smoking gun. It is unlikely that the recently accepted work by University of South Florida professor Valerie Harwood will have any bearing now on Oklahoma''s 2005 lawsuit claiming that runoff from Arkansas poultry farms fouled the scenic Illinois River. A judge finished hearing testimony in the case last year and a decision is pending. The lawsuit''s supporters say Harwood has proven it is possible to track pollution from chicken waste into Oklahoma''s watershed.

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