Obama administrations EPA Is Spying On Farmers And Livestock Growers. A bipartisan group of Capitol Hill lawmakers is pressing EPA Director Lisa Jackson to answer questions about privacy issues and other concerns after the agency used aerial surveillance to monitor livestock operations.
This practice has resulted in privacy concerns among our constituents and raises several questions,” says the letter signed by Republican Reps. Adrian Smith, Jeff Fortenberry and Lee Terry, as well as Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson and GOP Sen. Mike Johanns.
Rep. Adrian Smith, co-chairman of the Modern Agriculture Caucus and the Congressional Rural Caucus, said the operations in many cases are near homes so “landowners deserve legitimate justification given the sensitivity of the information gathered by the flyovers.”
The letter asks nearly 2 dozen questions including why the inspections are being conducted, how many flights have occurred and whether they have resulted in any enforcement activities.
The Environmental Protection Agency uses aerial surveillance across a swath of the Midwest know as Section 7, which includes Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. The EPA has defended the practice as cost-efficient. The agency (EPA) declined to comment. The letter gave the agency until June 10 to respond.
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