U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns released the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's multiple disclosures to anti-ag activist organizations of thousands of records including the personal information of ag producers:
"EPA's ongoing assault on America's ag producers is nothing short of alarming," Johanns said. "Its disregard for the privacy of farmers and ranchers in Nebraska and across the country is, at best, woeful negligence, and at worst, a flagrant effort to aid organizations seeking to radically transform American agriculture, with no regard for what it takes to feed the world.
"EPA must now explain how it will ensure the already-released private information is not abused. Will the Agency request sworn statements from the recipients of the private information? Those affected have a right to a better answer from EPA."
Johanns requested an explanation from Acting EPA Administrator Bob Perciasepe regarding the release of private information protected by federal law, and how the Agency plans to ensure the disclosed private information will not be used by outside organizations.