Should EPA release producers' private information?

U.S. Sens. Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN) introduced legislation – The Farmer Identity Protection Act (S. 1343) – that protects the personal information of livestock producers from dissemination by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). If passed, the bill would allow EPA to provide information to outside parties only in aggregate, without individually indentifying information, or with the producer’s consent.

This week’s online poll asks: “Should EPA be allowed to release personal information on individual livestock operations?" Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comment section after voting.

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Anonymous
on Jul 31, 2013

The EPA is an agency that has a very progressive political agenda. They have been one of the largest single government agencies that has almost totally shut down manufacturing in the USA in the name of clean air and forced industries to move overseas to countries that have no or very little restriction on pollution. Look at the Steele Industry, the EPA required scrubbers on the smoke stakes which US Steel and others complied. Then several years later they EPA started requiring more and more regulation on them and the Unions start demanding unreasonable pay and benefits that shut down the Industry. The USA is still one of the largest producers of iron ore. Which now is load and transported by rail to the West Coast which is loaded onto large transport ships and shipped to Japan and Asia for refinery. Then the refined steel is put back on the ships and shipped back to the USA. Let look at the results of what the EPA has done in the name of Clean Air. 1. Shut down factories 2. Unemployed thousands of Americans 3. Transporting and Shipping ore half around the world and then shipping it back. Shipping Industry is the largest users of fossil fuel. 4. Refining the ore in countries that have little to no air quality stands. 5. Loss of US tax revenues on Companies and workers. Bottom line the unemployed thousands and the air quality is now worse than ever. For we all breathe the air that the overseas polluting refineries put into the air. The Earth dose spins so what was in Asia in time will be here. This is only one industry. There are many others, i.e. Auto, Oil, etc.
Now in the last decade they have started turning up the heat on the Farming and Cattle industry. The EPA claims that the cattle give off to much methane gas which is polluting the air. So there solution is reduce the population of cattle. So they have an allied in getting read of cattle which is PETA. So the EPA (they said was in error) provide PETA all the data (names, addresses, phone numbers, tax id numbers and size of herds) on all cattle ranches in the US. Bottom line, the EPA either only hires people that can’t connect the dots or the have a very sinister motive to destroy this country by shutting down industry including now the food sources. For the Farmers are feeling the assaults on them as well. I am not sure if it not big corporations that is behind it by trying to squeeze out the independent Farmers and Ranchers or if it the Government that want the power to control everything. My 40 year career in the Financial Industry tells me it’s a combination of the two. They are bed partners with an agenda of having total Government and control over our lives and only a few Multi-International Corporations that will have total control over the market place.
As Americans, we need to wake up and decide what we are willing to do to protect our freedoms from these power hungry predators.

Anonymous
on Jul 31, 2013

The question for this poll is not correct. Notice the heading of this page and lower down it has a different question. Answer to top is yes, answer to bottom is no. When I answered the poll from the home page, I was asked the top question. Need to fix this problem.

Anonymous
on Jul 29, 2013

We are becoming a communist country thanks to our leadership in this country. I don't t

Anonymous
on Jul 29, 2013

Not one foot! No government agency is allowed on my property. Period.

Anonymous
on Jul 28, 2013

The EPA has already released information on farming operations that puts these operations at risk. They passed out info to groups that are against animal agriculture, therefore putting the people and possibly the animals at risk or some type of retaliation from these groups or even terrorists. This is safety issue that could endanger the food supply chain and the people of our country.
The ones at the EPA who so irresponsibly passed out the information needs to be fired and never be hired by another government agency.
Information given out was personal. What happened to the Privacy Act?
This is just another reason not to trust the EPA!

Anonymous
on Jul 27, 2013

No, particularly since the farmers were required to furnish the information and did not volunteer it!

Anonymous
on Jul 26, 2013

All personal information must be redacted, if information is released at all, with the group requesting the information paying the cost. And the redacting should be done well. Having read redacted reports, it is important that all redacted items have the same space in the form so that names/locations cannot be guessed by counting spaces, especially when only a few reports are involved.

Anonymous
on Jul 26, 2013

This is a safety issue

Anonymous
on Jul 26, 2013

This is a SAFETY issue! I'm already getting telephone call that I don't like and EPA should not be allowed to have access to our personal info. They are sup;pose to protect ,not destroy . I resent this very much!

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