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Smith Demands Answers from EPA Over Aerial Surveillance of Nebraska Livestock Operations

May 29, 2012
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) today joined Reps. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), Lee Terry (R-NE) and Sens. Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Mike Johanns (R-NE) in sending a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson inquiring about the EPA’s use of aerial surveillance of livestock operations in Nebraska.

“Farmers and ranchers in Nebraska pride themselves in the stewardship of our state’s natural resources,” wrote the Nebraska lawmakers.  “As you might imagine, this practice has resulted in privacy concerns among our constituents and raises several questions.”

Congressman Smith also added, “These operations are in many cases near homes, and landowners deserve legitimate justification given the sensitivity of the information gathered by the flyovers. Nebraskans are rightfully skeptical of an agency which continues to unilaterally insert itself into the affairs of Rural America.”

The letter, which can be viewed here, gives the EPA until June 10, 2012 to respond. Smith serves as co-chairman of both the Modern Agriculture Caucus and the Congressional Rural Caucus.