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Congressman Smith pushes for end to EPA flyovers
Congressman Adrian Smith is still pushing to end aerial surveillance of Nebraska livestock operations.
As we've reported, they're begin conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Smith is a co-sponsor on a bill that would prohibit the EPA from conducting surveillance without written consent.
That bill has moved out of committee and is waiting for consideration from the full house.
Meanwhile, the Congressman continues to press agency officials for more information.
"The information they gather - we're asking questions about how that is handled and what that would be subject to, because a lot of outside groups that are critics of the livestock industry, they like to take that and turn it into some issues that are not accurate of what the industry does to help feed our country and the feed the world," Smith said.
Representative Smith also says he supports Hastings Mayor Vern Powers' efforts to get more information from the EPA about proposed groundwater testing.
"We know we want clean air and want clean water. I think there are a number of ways to achieve that without the heavy hand of the federal government coming down on these local governments in such an expensive way," Smith said.
Smith made his comments Thursday during a visit to the News 5 studios.
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