Sewage Sludge Lawsuit

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) _ A former federal environmental official and two dairy farmers have filed a lawsuit claiming University of Georgia scientists used false data to prove sewage sludge is not harmful to cattle.

In the lawsuit, former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency scientist David Lewis and the farmers allege that the UGA research was part of a scheme by the EPA to justify a federal policy that allowed sludge to be applied to farm fields. The suit also says EPA officials tried to discredit the farmers after they reported the sludge poisoned their dairy herds.

The lawsuit names EPA officials, four UGA scientists and the UGA
Research Foundation.

In a separate case in Augusta, a federal judge ruled in February in favor of the dairy farmers who filed a lawsuit claiming the sludge killed their cattle.