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Tell Congress: Stop the EPA's Trojan Horse Before It Destroys Us All!

The Pebble Mine fight is not about the mine, it's about EPA's power over permits! The EPA must be stopped now!

The Environmental Protection Agency has just taken its first abrupt step in the most dangerous power grab of our time.

And it did so in direct defiance of instructions from the Congressional Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

All Members of Congress must now join the fight to stop EPA’s next step!

The menace is hidden in a study.  It seems to be an ordinary EPA draft study – “An Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska.”  But the study was hastily released on May 18 – despite the prohibition of Congress – and is widely assumed to be the first step toward an unprecedented preemptive veto of the proposed Pebble Mine, a project which has not yet requested a single permit, but promises $7 billion of new infrastructure in a place without a diverse economy if EPA doesn’t kill it.

The Oversight Committee has asked the EPA to answer a long list of questions about its first-time assertion of such preemptive veto power, which the agency claims is authorized by the Clean Water Act, Section 404(c), but the committee says is illegal.

EPA claims its study’s “narrow scope” does not indicate that the agency has already decided to preemptively veto the mine. The evidence says that’s a flat lie.

EPA’s quick release of its hideously negative watershed assessment – against congressional instructions – can only be seen as a deliberate and malicious end-run to rapidly poison public opinion against Pebble Mine before anyone could come out for it.

All Members of Congress must now join the fight to block EPA’s preemptive veto power!

The comment period, open now and ending July 23, has been irretrievably biased by EPA’s defiant early release of its study. With overwhelming public disapproval – rigged by the EPA and its Big Green allies – EPA will be fully justified in vetoing the Pebble Mine before its first permit is requested.

Very clever. Very ruthless. Very vicious. Very illegal.

EPA used a similar tactic by yanking a West Virginia mining permit AFTER the mine had been running for years, instead of BEFORE as in the Pebble Mine. The West Virginia mine owner took EPA to court and won. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled:

“EPA’s position is that section 404(c) grants it plenary authority to unilaterally modify or revoke a permit that has been duly issued by the Corps [the Army Corps of Engineers] – the only permitting agency identified in the statute – and to do so at any time.

“This is a stunning power for an agency to arrogate to itself when there is absolutely no mention of it in the statute. It is not conferred by section 404(c), and is contrary to the language, structure, and legislative history of section 404 as a whole.”

The case isMingo Logan v. EPA, decided March 23, 2012.

The Oversight Committee told EPA in a May 10 letter that, just as EPA has no authority to yank a permit retroactively, Section 404(c) gives EPA no authority to deny one preemptively.

Now we can see. This fight IS NOT ABOUT THE MINE. It is about EPA’S POWER OVER PERMITS.

Now we can see the Pebble tactic: Kill it before it starts. It’s like arresting speeders before they get in the car.

THIS IS NOT ABOUT THE MINE. THIS IS ABOUT EPA’S POWER OVER PERMITS.

All Members of Congress must join the fight to block EPA’s preemptive veto power!

If the EPA gets away with the Pebble tactic in Alaska, EPA will have a precedent to kill any project anywhere in America. 

The Obama Administration will then possess the perfect political poison pill.

This is not about the mine.   This is about the Pebble tactic.

All Members of Congress must join the fight to block EPA’s preemptive veto power!

This fight IS NOT ABOUT THE MINE. It is about THE POWER OVER PERMITS.

Public Comments
Aug 25th, 2015
James M. from Kernersville, NC writes:
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Stop this commie crap NOW!!!
Dec 4th, 2014
Linsa M. from Hope, AR signed.
Dec 4th, 2014
Shawna W. from Buckner, AR signed.
Dec 4th, 2014
Belinda Y. from Quitman, AR writes:
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Friends, I hope all of you will read this and sign the petition. The EPA is going to make it harder for us to be free. If this is allowed, the EPA will have more power than it should have.
Dec 4th, 2014
Debbie R. from Hope, AR signed.
Dec 4th, 2014
Johnny R. from Hope, AR writes:
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Please, everyone, take a little time and check into how the EPA and dept of justice are stealing our money and making rulings behind our backs. (sue and settle) for instance.
Nov 17th, 2014
stephen k. from Mesa, AZ signed.
Nov 14th, 2014
Chad F. from Moundsville, WV writes:
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Stop Obama's WAR ON COAL PLEASE!!! I am speaking out against the EPA who is helping to destroy the American economy. You cannot take away jobs, until you create viable alternative jobs. people starve and are driven into poverty with EPA power grabs. The EPA scares me now. They appear more powerful than Obama.
Oct 23rd, 2014
Craig T. from Sherborn, MA writes:
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Stop OBAMA and the EPA
Oct 20th, 2014
Diana M. from Sherborn, MA writes:
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As a conservationist I am speaking out against the EPA who is helping to destroy the American economy. You cannot take away jobs, until you create viable alternative jobs. people starve and are driven into poverty with EPA power grabs. The EPA scares me now. They appear more powerful than Obama.
Oct 14th, 2014
Dirk G. from Lake, MI writes:
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STOP OBAMAS WAR On COAL and American People
Oct 3rd, 2014
mark h. from Bonneau, SC signed.
Oct 2nd, 2014
Mark W. from Battle Ground, IN signed.
Sep 23rd, 2014
Darwin W. from Clark, MO signed.
Sep 19th, 2014
Someone from Carmel, IN signed.
Sep 17th, 2014
Patrick B. from Beaver, PA writes:
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The criminal EPA has the power to pass jsut about any criminal law it sees fit without a say from congress. This needs to be reversed ASAP
Sep 13th, 2014
david m. from Truro, IA signed.
Sep 12th, 2014
Someone from Tipton, IN writes:
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There should be a movement to have congress defund the EPA
Sep 3rd, 2014
Someone from Caddo Mills, TX signed.
Sep 1st, 2014
ROBIN G. from Derby, KS writes:
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STOP ALLOWING THE EPA THE POWER TO TAKE OVER OUR LIVES. IT IS JUST ANOTHER BIG GOVERNMENT AGENCY WITH TOO MUCH POWER!
Aug 24th, 2014
Richard R. from Shelton, CT signed.
Aug 22nd, 2014
Someone from Arvada, CO writes:
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Tyrannical government on the move.
Aug 19th, 2014
John N. from Mount Vernon, OH signed.
Aug 11th, 2014
Someone from Maryville, MO signed.
Aug 7th, 2014
David M. from Blue Bell, PA writes:
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This government overreach in all aspects of our economy must be challenged and ended!
Aug 5th, 2014
Someone from Mesa, AZ signed.
Aug 4th, 2014
rodrick w. from Houston, TX writes:
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If we don't stop the assault on our rights and economy, based on false and fabricated studies on our environment and weather. We will be regulated into a 3rd. World Country. Liberals do real research, the temp, ozone, weather is singularly driven by the planet and it's natural processes. Volcanos emit more greenhouse gas then the human race could ever hope to.
Aug 1st, 2014
Sandy H. from Greenville, SC signed.
Aug 1st, 2014
Althea G. from Theodore, AL writes:
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EPA is destroying our country all by itself. Stop the madness with the Coal industry. Leave the governing to the states and not government that is so corrupt.
Jul 30th, 2014
todd f. from Rochester, MN signed.
Jul 29th, 2014
Kevin m. from Alpharetta, GA signed.
Jul 29th, 2014
Heath B. from Corinth, MS signed.
Jul 25th, 2014
Tommylee M. from San Antonio, TX signed.
Jul 25th, 2014
Janet D. from Pottstown, PA signed.
Jul 23rd, 2014
George M. from Clermont, FL signed.
Jul 21st, 2014
Imelda C. from Springfield, KY signed.
Jul 19th, 2014
Sherry C. from Fort Lauderdale, FL writes:
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They are out of control. Their power over permits is like a dictatorship. There has to be some way to control them.
Jul 17th, 2014
Someone from Wetumpka, AL signed.
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Someone from Decatur, TX signed.
Jul 17th, 2014
dwayne r. from Phoenixville, PA signed.