A Washington state tribe took down an anti-agriculture billboard and representatives said a second one will come down too – just one day after the Environmental Protection Agency issued a statement stating the media campaign was an inappropriate use of EPA funds. Larry Wasserman, environmental policy director with the Swinomish Indian tribe, said the billboards are being taken down voluntarily. The group’s What’s Upstream website, which includes a “Take Action” link to a form letter to state lawmakers, remains online.
Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, recently sent a letter to Arthur A. Elkins Jr., the inspector general of the EPA, about this issue. The chairmen requested an audit and investigation of the EPA grant and its financial support of the anti-farmer advocacy campaign.
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