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Nebraska lawmakers question EPA's aerial livestock surveillance
Fox News ^ | May 30, 2012 | Staff

Posted on 05/30/2012 6:59:43 PM PDT by SteelToe

A bipartisan group of Capitol Hill lawmakers is pressing EPA Director Lisa Jackson to answer questions about privacy issues and other concerns after the agency used aerial surveillance to monitor livestock operations over their home state of Nebraska.

“Farmers and ranchers in Nebraska pride themselves in the stewardship of our state’s natural resources. As you might imagine, this practice has resulted in privacy concerns among our constituents and raises several questions,” says the letter signed by Republican Reps. Adrian Smith, Jeff Fortenberry and Lee Terry, as well as Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson and GOP Sen. Mike Johanns.

Smith, co-chairman of the Modern Agriculture Caucus and the Congressional Rural Caucus, said Tuesday the operations in many cases are near homes so “landowners deserve legitimate justification given the sensitivity of the information gathered by the flyovers.”

The letter asks nearly two-dozen questions including why the inspections are being conducted, how many flights have occurred and whether they have resulted in any enforcement activities.

“Nebraskans are rightfully skeptical of an agency which continues to unilaterally insert itself into the affairs of rural America,” Smith added.

The Environmental Protection Agency uses aerial surveillance across a swath of the Midwest know as Section 7 – which includes Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri -- and has defended the practice as cost-efficient.

The agency declined to comment Wednesday. The letter gave the agency until June 10 to respond.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Nebraska
KEYWORDS: drones; epa; farms; livestock

1 posted on 05/30/2012 6:59:54 PM PDT by SteelToe
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To: steelyourfaith

EPA ping.


2 posted on 05/30/2012 7:01:00 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: SteelToe

..they are looking for a way to fine people for some crime they conjure up.......this administration is full of crooks and thieves.


3 posted on 05/30/2012 7:04:20 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: SteelToe

I am the eye in the sky
Looking at you
I can read your mind
I am the maker of rules
Dealing with fools
I can cheat you blind
And I don’t need to see any more
To know that
I can read your mind, [looking at you] I can read your mind,[looking at you] I can read your mind [looking at you] I can read your mind


4 posted on 05/30/2012 7:05:23 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1226 of our ObamaVacation from reality [and what dark chill/is gathering still/before the storm])
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It is clear to me that we have WAY to many government employees.


5 posted on 05/30/2012 7:13:42 PM PDT by Rio
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To: SteelToe

Multiple auto Twin 50’s on every farm/ranch.


6 posted on 05/30/2012 7:14:19 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: SteelToe

Boo Hoo.

Possibly Nebraskans will now be inclined to rethink putting two Democrats into the US Senate. Who would be a Democrat in Nebraska anyway? And then to elect them as senators!

Good grief, is there anybody left in Nebraska that doesn’t know that party is communist now, after already plain as the nose on their face, after decades, of being socialists?


7 posted on 05/30/2012 7:19:56 PM PDT by RitaOK (I DID vote against Romney! Few are unafraid, but I thank God for the few. We are the resistance.)
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To: RitaOK

I lot of ranchers and farmer vote for Democrats because they keep the farm money flowing.


8 posted on 05/30/2012 7:22:56 PM PDT by riverrunner
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, Ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

Obama and Agenda 21 file

http://www.nachumlist.com/agenda21.htm


9 posted on 05/30/2012 7:25:02 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: riverrunner

Same is true in SD, ND, MT, likely KS.


10 posted on 05/30/2012 7:25:33 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: SteelToe

How sad it would be if something happened to big sister’s toy. :(


11 posted on 05/30/2012 7:38:28 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Doogle

Well surely they expect to find jihadist cows since they are using Patriot Act police state powers to spy on farms and ranches.


12 posted on 05/30/2012 7:40:57 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Rio

I think the EPA should be permitted to do this only in non-polluting, quiet electric airplanes. They are polluting the skies while using fuel that could otherwise be used for more productive purposes.


13 posted on 05/30/2012 7:41:12 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: RitaOK

Why do you say Nebraska has two democrat senators? Check your facts next time before making such ridiculous comments.


14 posted on 05/30/2012 7:43:28 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: SaraJohnson

..that’s a good question to send to their Reps....why are they using Patriot Act funds to spy on farmers?. Be interesting to see what they say...


15 posted on 05/30/2012 7:45:33 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: The Antiyuppie

Actually solar powered airplanes. Not coal burning electric ones.


16 posted on 05/30/2012 7:48:13 PM PDT by Clay Moore (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of a fool to the left. Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: RitaOK

Ben Nelson is a Democrat the other Senator is a Republican.


17 posted on 05/30/2012 7:56:00 PM PDT by Nebr FAL owner
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To: SteelToe

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

Nice sentiments, expressed like a gentleman; however, perhaps the EPA might have been more responsive to something along the lines of, “Get your effing spies out of our effing asses immediately or you’ll be counting cow pies instead of cows!”


18 posted on 05/30/2012 7:59:02 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Rio
It is clear to me that we have WAY to many government employees.

We also have way, way, too many federal agencies who have acquired, way, way, too much unconstitutional powers. EPA should be the first agency closed down. It's employees should be barred from holding any future government jobs.

19 posted on 05/30/2012 7:59:14 PM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: Doogle

Someone needs to make a picture of a suicide bomber cow.


20 posted on 05/30/2012 7:59:43 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: RitaOK
Good grief, is there anybody left in Nebraska that doesn't’t know that party is communist now, after already plain as the nose on their face, after decades, of being socialists?

Farmers and cheating by the followers of someone like Rev Wright; Ernie Chambers. He has a public tv show where he calls white people, especially women terrible names. He sued God. We have some crazies here & like him, some are legislators.
21 posted on 05/30/2012 8:01:11 PM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.)
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To: NEMDF

Johanns might as well be a democrat; He was for card check and the unions.


22 posted on 05/30/2012 8:04:31 PM PDT by the_daug
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To: SteelToe

Dry run practice for when the Food Stamp President loses and tries to retain power. Predator strikes on the homeland red states?


23 posted on 05/30/2012 8:08:59 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (There's a pill for just about everything ... except stupid!)
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To: NEMDF

Sorry, there bucky. My astigmatism engaged. So what’s the excuse for the ONE Democrat senator? This isn’t exactly his first term there.


24 posted on 05/30/2012 8:15:04 PM PDT by RitaOK (I DID vote against Romney! Few are unafraid, but I thank God for the few. We are the resistance.)
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To: Nebr FAL owner

Thank you. My eyes are blue. One blew that way, and one blew the other.


25 posted on 05/30/2012 8:17:49 PM PDT by RitaOK (I DID vote against Romney! Few are unafraid, but I thank God for the few. We are the resistance.)
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To: SteelToe

We live in Central Texas and a few weeks ago I saw what I thought was a drone fly over my family’s ranch. It made no sound and I watched it for some time. It was just North of me and was headed West, turned towards the South, flew a minute or so, then turned again and headed towards the direction it had come from. The turns were all made over the ranch. I wish I knew what it was and what it’s purpose was.


26 posted on 05/30/2012 8:27:10 PM PDT by texas_mrs
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To: texas_mrs

Shoot it down and make it talk.


27 posted on 05/30/2012 8:35:19 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

why not? worked for Iran. Obama might do a little more than ask for it back though. Considering your not one of his people.


28 posted on 05/30/2012 8:59:59 PM PDT by cableguymn
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To: texas_mrs
The turns were all made over the ranch. I wish I knew what it was and what it’s purpose was.

You'll probably find out some morning at about 3 AM with a flash-bang just before they shoot your dog.

29 posted on 05/30/2012 9:02:51 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (Another day. Another small provocation. Another step closer.)
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To: SteelToe

They come to our county and while sitting on the side of the road in their cars and using binoculars count cow pies in our fields. Supposedly this is to make sure we are not over grazing but it is really about runoff.

I saw one of the hairy armpit chicks (no I did not inspect but assumed this is what it was) out one day so I got out the chain harrow and tractor and spread all the cow stuff on about 80 acres as fast as I could go. She soon left.


30 posted on 05/30/2012 9:44:52 PM PDT by Sequoyah101 (You've been screwed by your government.)
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To: Paladin2

“Multiple auto Twin 50’s on every farm/ranch.”

One of those quad 50 anti aircraft mounts should do it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GO5rD67A0UQ


31 posted on 05/30/2012 9:45:01 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (Liberalism: Carrying adolescent values and behavior into adult life.)
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To: Nachum

IMO, we’re living in the Liberal Twilight Zone of Insanity.


32 posted on 05/30/2012 9:45:52 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: headstamp 2

Business costs seem to be always increasing. ;-)


33 posted on 05/30/2012 10:00:12 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: SteelToe

It may be just me, but having to use “EPA” and “drone” in the same sentence is a pretty clear indicator that we’ve long passed the point where things be turned around without massive social disorder/upheaval etc.


34 posted on 05/31/2012 1:36:33 AM PDT by gzzimlich
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