Idaho Republican Sen. Jim Risch is no fan of the Environmental Protection Agency’s aerial surveillance over businesses and farms.
He voted for an amendment to the Farm Bill as did 55 other senators. But the 56-43 vote didn’t meet the 60-vote requirement for amendments to the farm bill.
“If your property is going to be searched, you have a right to know about it,” Risch said. “The EPA has not been willing to provide information to property owners about these flights."
Risch also worries about the storage and use of images captured from these flights.
“It is unclear if strong standards are in place to prevent their misuse,” said Risch.