EPA’s aerial surveillance of farms

“Snapping photos of livestock farms from an airplane is a legal and cost-effective way to help protect Nebraska and Iowa streams from runoff contamination, say officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.” The agency does not inform landowners that it is conducting the flights. [Omaha World-Herald, Reuters] “The EPA says it doesn’t rely solely on the aerial photos in taking enforcement actions against feedlots and their owners, but it does use them to identify businesses to target.” [Alexander Cohen, Business Rights Center]


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