O'Malley right to defend farmers

November 30, 2011

I applaud the action that Gov. Martin O'Malley has taken on the University of Maryland environmental law clinic and its legal pursuit of the Hudson farm family. There are now hundreds of farm families in Maryland that live in fear that they will be the next farm to be put in the brink of bankruptcy.

The Hudsons made a mistake. The Maryland Department of Environment, the state's environmental protection agency, was involved, the problem was assessed, corrected and a fine was levied and paid. This should be the end of the story.

How can any small business withstand legal fees in excess of $100,000 to fend off a state-funded witch hunt? Kudos to Governor O'Malley.

Marion Wilson, Centreville

The writer is president of the Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board.

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