EPA wins suit to release personal farmer information

  Last week the federal district court in Minnesota dismissed its lawsuit seeking toblock the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from releasing the personal information of livestock and poultry farmers and ranchers in response to Freedom of Information Act requests.

Last week the federal district court in Minnesota dismissed its lawsuit seeking toblock the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from releasing the personal information of livestock and poultry farmers and ranchers in response to Freedom of Information Act requests. The court decided no federally permitted livestock or poultry farmer is injured by such disclosure because the Clean Water Act mandates disclosure of information concerning permit issuance. 

For those without a permit, it concluded EPA’s distribution of their personal information doesn’t result in any injury to the farmer – as long as the farmer’s information can be found on the Internet.

To read more about EPA's plan to distribute personal information of farmers and ranchers, click here.

 

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