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EPA must remove farmers' personal info before fulfilling FOIA requests

Settlement agreement with EPA administrator Pruitt vindicates farmers' rights to secure their personal information.

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) closed the final chapter of their lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s release of farmers' and ranchers' personal information when a federal judge on Monday approved a settlement that secures the private information of thousands of livestock and poultry farmers in 36 states.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled last September that EPA abused its discre

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