Perdue Farms Statement on Waterkeeper Trial Close
After almost three years, this case came down to the proposition that any chicken house with a door or a fan is a source of pollution and therefore likely in violation of the Clean Water Act. To make this ridiculous argument, the Waterkeeper Alliance, Assateague Coastal Trust and University of Maryland Environmental Law Clinic put a farm family through hell, drove a wedge between farmers and environmentalists, and wasted taxpayer resources.
While we are prepared for any outcome, and thank Judge Nickerson for his hard work in conducting the trial, we don’t believe the plaintiffs’ proved their case on any front and we look forward to being vindicated by the judge’s ruling.
We remain committed to responsible environmental stewardship and share that commitment with the farm families who raise our chickens. Perdue is an environmental leader and has a long history of investing millions of dollars in research, technologies, equipment upgrades, awareness and training to address environmental issues.
Julie DeYoung, Spokesperson, Perdue Farms