Johanns Amendment Would Ban EPA Aerial Surveillance
Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns is looking to ban the Environmental Protection Agency’s use of aerial surveillance with an amendment to the farm bill. Johanns says it’s a trust issue – stating that farmers and ranchers don’t trust EPA doing low-level surveillance flights over their operations. He adds that the surveillance program only adds to the deficit of trust the closed-door agency has earned of late. According to a press release – the agency failed to provide comprehensive answers about the program’s use nationwide. The amendment introduced Tuesday would specifically prohibit EPA from conducting aerial surveillance to inspect or to record images of agricultural operations. It does not affect the use of traditional on-site inspections. Johanns says it’s past time for Congress to put an end to EPA’s use of aerial surveillance.