EPA agrees to hold onto farmer, rancher data for now

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The American Farm Bureau Federation's (AFBF) decision to file a lawsuit and seek a temporary restraining order against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has resulted in the EPA’s agreement to hold off on releasing personal information about farmers and ranchers to environmental groups who filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with the EPA.

According to AFBF, the EPA will off hold off on responding to any future FOIA requests for the same information until the legal issues are resolved by a court.

AFBF filed the lawsuit and temporary restraining order to keep the EPA from releasing the information on livestock and poultry operations across the nation.

Earlier this year, the EPA released data it had gathered from state regulators, including names, home addresses, GPS coordinates and personal contact information, for farmers and ranchers in 29 states in response to FOIA requests from three environmental groups.



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Mark    
IL  |  July, 23, 2013 at 08:53 AM

After majority of the information has been released, Why release it on small farms ?


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