Legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from disclosing the private information of livestock and poultry producers to the public. The Farmer Identity Protection Act (H.R. 4157) is in response to EPA’s release of personal information on livestock producers to three environmental activist groups through two Freedom of Information Act requests. EPA released names, addresses, geographic coordinates and, in some cases, telephone numbers and email addresses of more than 80,000 producers in 29 states.

“To turn this type of information over to anyone who has a computer is not just reckless, but it poses serious agro-terrorism threats,” said NCBA President Bob McCan, a Texas rancher.

EPA claims it lacks authority to protect livestock producers’ personal information. The House proposal and a companion bill in the U.S. Senate would provide the agency with the indisputable ability to prevent such releases.

Source: KLA