UGA's Adams won't testify in Augusta sludge case

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ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia President Michael Adams will not have to give a deposition in a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the UGA Research Foundation over sewage sludge safety, a federal judge has ruled.

Lawyers for two Augusta-area dairy farmers and fired EPA scientist David Lewis sought to question Dr. Adams in their lawsuit claiming UGA researchers used false data to show, incorrectly, that spreading sewage sludge on their dairy fields was safe, but it killed the farmers' cows.

But those questions "do not get anywhere near the heart of the issue before the Court in this action: Whether UGA researchers made false claims in their grant applications to the government and received funds as a result," U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land ruled.

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