Is EPA Aerial Surveillance Of Feedlots Okay?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently admitted to doing flyovers of feedlots in Nebraska and Iowa to check for environmental compliance. (Read more about it here.) EPA says it has the legal authority to do so, while cattle organizations say it’s an invasion of privacy and an overstepping of EPA’s authority. Is EPA’s aerial surveillance of feedlots okay?

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Anonymous
on Aug 28, 2012

I'll bet you rednecks thick it's OK to do aerial surveillance to check for people growing marijuana. You don't want more government when you want to break the law, but it's OK for them to spy on people who are doing things you don't agree with. What a bunch of hypocrites!

on Aug 28, 2012

Growing marijuana is illegal; raising cattle is not, at least not yet.

Anonymous
on Aug 28, 2012

Polluting is illegal - you people just don't get it. Your greed and laziness should not be able to make the rest of us sick.

Anonymous
on Jun 10, 2012

oh come on guys! This is just another way for that skinny butt in the white house to control us!

Anonymous
on Jun 11, 2012

yes that is true

Anonymous
on Jun 10, 2012

The EPA can walk into any facility at anytime. If they want to make surprise inspections, they should because that will keep facilities on their toes at all time. I don't think they should be spying. Spy on businesses now, private citizens later. Maybe already?

Anonymous
on Jun 11, 2012

already spying

Anonymous
on Jun 9, 2012

Ditto the comment on feedlots just like other big business needing to be subject to oversight. Flyoevers are an efficient way to do this, would we rather EPA spend ten times more visiting each feedlot on the ground and tying up hours of feedlot management time showing them around? We have flyovers to monitor our compliance with conservation practices, feedlots aren't special, don't get a free pass.

Anonymous
on Jun 9, 2012

I definitely think we need more oversight. Perhaps we could have an EPA and/or and OSHA inspector assigned to each ranch, or at least video suveillance. We have constantly shown we're irresponsible and need help from our government.

Anonymous
on Jun 12, 2012

idiot

Anonymous
on Jun 8, 2012

"Big Business" does have a huge impact on our economy and our environment BUT if we stand back and not have a check and balance system in place then we take the risk of possibly ruining our environment beyond repair....Yes many of the big business people do live here and you assume they are taking care of things but some only see money to be made at any expense.....look how the mining industry has progressed through the years (or not progressed). Miners are still dying because owners ignore safety standards that have been in place for decades!!!! Do I even bring up the oil spill that happened.....BP said oh, only this much oil spilled but the investigation showed FAR more...and let's not forget the 11 lives lost due to some higher up ignoring warning signs and not following safety standards. The list could go on....Agriculture is no different, we need to monitor our selves but we also need others to watch us and question procedures that may need adjusted to keep us all safe. As for aerial photos ...the forestry dept, the mines dept., the geology dept.....the military oh yeah and google ALL do the same thing. I can see where I put hay rings for the cattle out and where my car was parked at the farm sooooo we stopped having privacy YEARS ago in this world. :)

Anonymous
on Jun 8, 2012

typo aerial in my comment! aireal!!!!!
JRD

Anonymous
on Jun 8, 2012

If in compliance,WHY WORRY! Flyovers don't seem to be secretive....you can see them doing it! Just another tool for EPA or DEQ to keep our nation from being TRASHED for future generations. We need to enforce the regulations but we also neeed to keep working and talking the issues over ...too far either way is bad for the country. The land can only handle so many animal units ,,,that's a fact. Keep the dialogue open.

Anonymous
on Jun 8, 2012

The problem I have is that agriculture is a different kind of business where the owner/operator usually lives within the grounds of the operation so the photos included the private life of the family. The feedlots aren't worried about compliance because the NDEQ and EPA are allowed to inspect any operation at anytime. They just didn't need to be so secretive about it.

Anonymous
on Aug 28, 2012

Of course everybody knows there aren't enough inspectors and some of the inspectors are pretty "friendly" if you get my drift. So, if you're not breaking the law, you shouldn't be concerned. The aerial surveillance is the only thing that helps those of us "down stream" from you - safe.

Anonymous
on Jun 8, 2012

shouldn't this be done with the farmer knowing about it and through the department of agriculture. this could be a very positive endeavor if used properly, but not secretive.

Anonymous
on Jun 8, 2012

Agree with Andy. My second farm was 160 of cut over timberland with only a 60 foot tit touching a hard surface county road. A friend with a low stall speed airplane flew me over and I finally had a useful insight into where to put my cross fences so the cows could all be brought to the pens near the hard surface road! This of course was before aireal maps were common! The county shares with us now, and EPA should be required to share information with areas surveilled.
Google Earth makes most of this moot anyway!
As Merlyn said to Arthur, "Think like a hawk".
johndykersmd@dykers.com

Anonymous
on Jun 8, 2012

Big business, agriculture, mining always complain about environmental rules. without the oversight we would be a nation of superfund sites, of which there plenty across the country.

Anonymous
on Jun 8, 2012

I disagree with you. Big Business is what helps insure that the environment is protected. Remember, these people live and eat in this country also. Agriculture only wants to have sensible rules that are based upon science not someone's feelings about whether raising animals for food is right or wrong.

Anonymous
on Jun 8, 2012

If the EPA has given the state of Nebraska control to enforce the clean water act they need to let the state do the job.

Anonymous
on Jun 8, 2012

I think that these aerial Pictures would give the Farmers some valuable insight to overall drainage and oportunities for improvement.
Regards,
Andy

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