Congressman Crawford Holds EPA Accountable For Releasing Livestock Producers' Information
March 14, 2013
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to bring attention to the EPA's recent disregard for our nation's food safety.
Two weeks ago, I learned the EPA released phone numbers, addresses and even geographic coordinates that were collected from livestock producers. This information was requested by extremist groups, including Earth Justice and the Natural Resources Defense Council through a Freedom of Information Act request. The EPA handed over the very personal information.
I have serious concerns about the potential threat these actions pose to the privacy of American farm families, as well as the safety and security of our Nation's food supply. This is yet another example of the EPA's overreach into the lives of hardworking individuals in rural America.
As Chairman of the Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit, I am leading a group of 40 House members in writing a letter to the acting director of the EPA expressing our concern and asking the acting director to ensure the released information is not improperly used.
Mr. Speaker, it is unacceptable for the EPA to do anything that could jeopardize our nation's food security or threaten America farm operations.