Rep: EPA Illegally Released Family Farmers’ Info to Environmental Extremists
The information released by EPA covers livestock operations in more than 30 states, including many family farmers who feed less than 1,000 head and are not subject to regulation under the Clean Water Act.
“When we reviewed the information submitted by the states and released by EPA, we were alarmed at the detail of the information provided on hard working family farmers and ranchers, family operations including my own,” said NCBA past president J.D. Alexander, a cattle feeder from Pilger, Nebraska.
“It is beyond comprehension to me that with threats to my family from harassment atop bio-security concerns, that EPA would gather this information only to release it to these groups. This information details my family’s home address and geographic coordinates. The only thing it doesn’t do is chauffeur these extremists to my house. For some operations, even telephone numbers and deceased relatives are listed.”
What is a “CAFO”? Here is how the EPA defines the acronym. This could be called Information Laundering: government collects and saves information illegally; that information becomes “public records” subject to FOIA; activists get that information through FOIA and use it to attack innocent people. Only the last part of that last step hasn’t happened … yet … AFAIK …