The decision of a court case unfolding in Maryland may have serious implications for the entire poultry industry on the Eastern Shore.
If environmental group The Waterkeeper Alliance gets its way, the large poultry company Perdue will be held accountable for violating the federal Clean Water Act, even though Perdue's grower, Hudson Farm, is the one accused of polluting a nearby river.
Defense attorneys say the ruling against the farm could have far reaching implications because it could be used to make all poultry farms on the Eastern Shore accountable for Clean Water Act violations.
Attorneys have finished their closing arguments. The judge hopes to issue a ruling by the end of the year.