Congressmen want answers from EPA on anti-agriculture campaign

In a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency, 145 Congressmen are asking for answers from EPA on its “whatsupstream.com campaign” that used public funds to produce a website, radio ads and billboards in the state of Washington urging the public to contact their state legislators and “hold the agricultural industry to the same level of responsibility as other industries.”

Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.), who organized the letter, says federal law is clear, and the EPA knows better than to be engaged in the misuse of taxpayer dollars for anti-farmer publicity campaigns that lobby for more regulations.” EPA’s Inspector General has informed Congress there would be an investigation into the matter. Last year the General Accountability Office issued a ruling finding that EPA violated federal lobbying laws by funding advocacy efforts concerning the Waters of the U.S. 

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