WASHINGTON — Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., said Thursday that he intends to keep up the pressure on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to explain its practice of aerial surveillance of Nebraska farm operations.
I just do not believe that their responses to date have been adequate, Johanns said during his weekly conference call with reporters.
Johanns and the rest of the Nebraska congressional delegation wrote a letter recently to the EPA requesting detailed information about the surveillance.
The EPA has told The World-Herald that the practice is a legal and cost-effective method for policing clean water regulations that could be violated by animal waste runoff into waterways.
Still, Johanns said Thursday that the agency must provide a more detailed accounting of the flyovers to address concerns about the privacy of producers and the transparency of the agency.
Why are they just out there flying Nebraska feedlots? How are they using the information? Why does the EPA feel they need to be so secretive about this? he said.
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