Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) have introduced S. 1343, legislation to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from disclosing the private and confidential information of livestock and poultry producers to the public. A similar bill, H.R. 4157, has been introduced in the House by Reps. Rick Crawford (R-Ark.), Lee Terry (R-Neb.), Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) and Jim Costa (D-Calif.).
The bills were introduced in response to the EPA’s release of livestock and poultry producers’ names and other personal information in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by several environmental groups. The release included names, addresses, geographic coordinates and in some cases telephone numbers and email addresses of more than 80,000 farmers in 29 states.
Farm Bureau supports the bills.