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Sen. Johanns requests more information from EPA regarding aerial surveillance of NE farms

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Nebraska senators are once again pushing for more transparency from the Environmental Protection Agency regarding fly-overs of Nebraska farmland.
Senator mMike Johanns says he has been battling with the EPA since 2012 to request more information about the aerial farmland surveillance.

EPA officials say the fly-overs are simply to monitor ag-operations on Nebraska farmlands.

But Johanns says he has been contacted numerous times by concerned farmers and ranchers who feel their private property is being inspected by government planes without any notice.

Johanns says his previous requests for information have been ignored, so now he has included language in the most recent federal funding bill that requires the EPA to give a full account of the program including where the fly-overs took place, how much they cost, and how many were conducted.
"It's amazing to me and enormously unfortunate that congress has had to step in for the EPA to reveal when, where and how they're using taxpayer dollars to quite honestly, snoop on Americans and family farmers."
Johanns says he hopes the language will prompt an EPA response that will give a better understanding of the aerial surveillance operations.


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