Representatives Introduce Legislation to Protect Producer Personal Information
U.S. Representatives Rick Crawford, Lee Terry, Mike McIntyre and Jim Costa have introduced the Farmer Identity Protection Act - a companion bill to one introduced in the Senate last year - to prohibit EPA from disclosing private and confidential information of livestock and poultry producers to the public. This legislation comes in response to the release of personal information of more than 80,000 producers in 29 states to three radical environmental groups through a Freedom of Information Act request in February and April 2013. National Cattlemen's Beef Association President Bob McCan says there's no justification for the blatant disregard of producers' privacy. To turn this information over to anyone isn't just reckless - McCan says - but it poses serious agro-terrorism threats. EPA says it doesn't have statutory authority to protect producers' personal information - but this new legislation would provide EPA with the ability to do so in the future. NCBA applauds the representatives for introducing this bill and urges Congress to step in and provide relief to livestock producers in this matter.
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