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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
Jun 8th, 2012
Tanya L. from Atlantic Beach, FL writes:
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Get rid of the EPA. It has outlived its usefulness; we can't afford it.
Jun 8th, 2012
Don B. from Erie, PA signed.
Jun 8th, 2012
Clarence & Judith C. from Hubert, NC writes:
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We neede to stop producing biofuel altogether until there is no hunger anywhere in the world . Produce FOOD !
Jun 8th, 2012
Betty P. from Florahome, FL writes:
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get rid of the EPA while we steal have a home . these people are a hazard to the world. pure poison. and please get rid of Lisa Jackson
Jun 8th, 2012
Betty P. from Florahome, FL writes:
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get rid of the EPA while we steal have a home . these people are a hazard to the world. pure poison.
Jun 8th, 2012
Diane M. from Massillon, OH signed.
Jun 8th, 2012
Diane M. from Massillon, OH signed.
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Gene W. from Wichita Falls, TX signed.
Jun 8th, 2012
Anne B. from Fontana, CA signed.
Jun 8th, 2012
Rebecca J. from Hillsboro, OR writes:
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This is another example of our government's irresponsile behavior.
Jun 8th, 2012
Floyd F. from Perry, FL writes:
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Abolish the EPA!!! Save taxpayers dollars!
Jun 8th, 2012
Patricia W. from Tyler, TX writes:
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This is unbelieveable to fine the innocent people. Disband the EPA.
Jun 8th, 2012
Sarah E. from Gulfport, MS signed.
Jun 8th, 2012
Dennis S. from Beavercreek, OR signed.
Jun 8th, 2012
James W. from El Paso, TX writes:
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What else can you expect from this current administration, "Stupid is as Stupid does." We need to rid ourselves of them as quickly as possible.
Jun 8th, 2012
Someone from Wauneta, NE signed.
Jun 8th, 2012
Chester W. from Greeley, CO writes:
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Get rid of all of them.
Jun 7th, 2012
Jeffrey M. from Las Vegas, NV signed.
Jun 7th, 2012
JAMES,LINDA G. from Edinburg, TX writes:
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MEMBERS of CONGRESS BLOCK THE EPS'S PREEMPTIVETIVE VETO POWERS NOW !!!
Jun 7th, 2012
Aileen H. from Anchorage, AK writes:
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The EPA is not acting responsibly or for the good of the America people rather it is acting as a thug to promote the ideolog of this administration. This needs to stop or we will not have a country.
Jun 7th, 2012
JAMES,LINDA G. from Edinburg, TX signed.
Jun 7th, 2012
James,Linda G. from Edinburg, TX writes:
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Members Of Congress JOIN the fight to Stop EPA'S preemptive Veto Power's Now ,Thank You.
Jun 7th, 2012
Steven N. from Davison, MI signed.
Jun 7th, 2012
Grace L. from Forsyth, MT writes:
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Rosebud County is supported by COAL . Fewer trains are haukling coal due to the EPA's war on our Natural Resources . Forsyth will be a ghost town without the rail industry that depends on COAL .
Jun 7th, 2012
William Lucas H. from Longmont, CO signed.
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Dixie C. from Yankton, SD signed.
Jun 6th, 2012
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Jun 5th, 2012
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Hon. & Mrs. Paul D. from Anaheim, CA signed.
Jun 5th, 2012
william b. from Springfield, VA writes:
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Stop allowing the EPA to Use Drones. This is a violation of Rights not that the epa cares but the House and Senate Should.
Jun 4th, 2012
Kimberly B. from Laurel, MD signed.
Jun 4th, 2012
Joseph S. from Montgomery, AL signed.