EPA Uses Drones to Spy on Us
The EPA use of unmanned drones to spy on the United States has raised some concerns.
The drones operated by the Defense Department use military assets to send commands to the drones and collect information.
Does EPA use similar military assets to spy on the US?
If you are a Cow you are being Watched!
Nebraska cattle are now under the watchful eye of the EPA via drones.
The Environmental Protection Agency uses aerial surveillance across a swath of the Midwest known as Section 7 – which includes Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri — and has defended the practice as cost-efficient.
Farmers are asking if the EPA is peeking into farm houses as well as barns
EPA conducts aerial surveillance of Nebraska livestock operations
Nebraska’s congressional delegation wants to know why the Environmental Protection is flying over Nebraska livestock operations.
Reps. Adrian Smith, Jeff Fortenberry, Lee Terry and Sens. Ben Nelson and Mike Johanns wrote to EPA Midwest Administrator Lisa Jackson Tuesday inquiring about the EPA’s aerial surveillance in Nebraska.
Jackson is the chief of EPA’s region 7 office that oversees Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri.
The flyovers have apparently been conducted for several months, the lawmakers said, and could date back to before 2010. They asked the EPA to tell them the precise number that have occurred.
And, they also asked EPA to cite the statutory authority for the flyovers.
“It is our understanding… that the aerial surveillance is being conducted…under the Clean Water Act,” the letter said. “If so… is (that) the exclusive purpose of the flights?”
“This practice has resulted in privacy concerns among our constituents and raises several questions,” the Nebraska lawmakers wrote. “Farmers and ranchers in Nebraska pride themselves in the stewardship of our state’s natural resources.”
The letter asks 23 questions, including questions about flight elevation, livestock stress, collaboration with other state and federal agencies, including the Nebraska’s environmental agency — the Department of Environmental Quality.
“These operations are in many cases near homes, and landowners deserve legitimate justification given the sensitivity of the information gathered by the flyovers,” Smith said. “Nebraskans are rightfully skeptical of an agency which continues to unilaterally insert itself into the affairs of rural America.”