Johanns Battling EPA over Aerial Survellience

US Senator Mike Johanns continues to battle the Environmental Protection Agency over their aerial survellience program. Last year Johanns learned EPA had been flying over feedlots in Nebraska and Iowa. As a guest on Agri-Talk, Johanns shared his experience in meeting with EPA's Acting Director.

In trying to get more information about the extent of the program, he is finding EPA is keeping those details under wraps. In recent weeks, Johanns has learned there is definitely a aerial survellience program, but it is unknown the extent of the program.

Johanns says it is evident EPA is targeting livestock producers because EPA is not just flying to enjoy a nice day. EPA claims they don't do enforcement based on aerial observations, but Johanns disagrees because aerial survellience leads EPA to doing on the ground investigations, which can lead to fines and penalties.

Johanns says he will continue to pursue legislation to stop aerial survellience. Previously Johanns introduced legislation to stop the practice and the bill received 56 votes. Johanns says EPA's lack of transparency irritates Congress, so he is confident legislation will move to stop aerial survellience.

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