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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
May 30th, 2012
Someone from Hudson, NH signed.
May 30th, 2012
Ingrid P. from Washburn, WI writes:
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There is a real POWER STRUGGLE GOING ON IN OUR GOVERNMENT.When have "THE PEOPLE" had enough?
May 30th, 2012
William H. from Livingston, TX writes:
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Geeze, for Heavens sake..enough is TOO MUCH!!!
May 30th, 2012
Jerry P. from Dayton, OH signed.
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May 30th, 2012
Erik O. from El Centro, CA writes:
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I would be more direct: remove the EPA from government.
May 30th, 2012
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Gene J A. from Five Points, AL writes:
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The EPA (Employment prevention agenda) is overdue to be GONE! Imprison most all of its senior administration.
May 30th, 2012
David G. from Frederick, MD signed.
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JAMES M. C. from Mimbres, NM writes:
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we must somehow end this endless drive by the communist to change this country into a 3 rd world state. they are trying to make wsure Americans do not have a republic for which we stand or at least we used to..
May 30th, 2012
Sheila J. from Palmdale, CA writes:
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AMERICANS HAVE HAD ENOUGH!!! STOP THE EPA'S ILLEGAL POWER GRAB!
May 30th, 2012
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Robert V. from Hickory, NC signed.
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Ronald H. from Captain Cook, HI signed.
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barbara m. from Springdale, AR writes:
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the epa should be removed and should be taken care of by all the individual states.
May 30th, 2012
Humbert B. from Bedford, TX writes:
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Stop the gross assumption of power by the EPA!
May 30th, 2012
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Carol F. from Winchester, VA signed.
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Someone from Garland, TX writes:
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The EPA is going to ruin America if they are not stopped.
May 30th, 2012
Doug C. from Johnstown, CO signed.
May 30th, 2012
Millie S. from Fair Haven, NY writes:
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Our representatives in Congress HAVE to start standing up and do what they were elected to do and that is to represent US. The EPA and a long list of other agencies need to be put in their place (gone would be best). They are filled with unelected power hungry idiots with agendas that are anti-America. Get a spine and stand up! Do your job! If you don't, your jobs will soon be obsolete because they will be making all the rules and you will be powerless.
May 30th, 2012
Virginia S. from Hartsel, CO writes:
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It is time to get rid of the EPA.
May 30th, 2012
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Gina R. from Bloomington, IN signed.
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Someone from Port Charlotte, FL writes:
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Congress!!GET a backbone! Fight for the U.S.A. Or lose our freedoms to the enemy.
May 30th, 2012
Max J. from Hazelwood, MO signed.
May 30th, 2012
Jimmie B. from Walla Walla, WA writes:
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Stop the EPA today!
May 30th, 2012
Stephen G. from Gilford, NH writes:
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I will not become part of the heard I need independence and that includes my right to prosper. I will NOT to be controled.
May 30th, 2012
Someone from Center, TX signed.
May 30th, 2012
Catherine K. from Mooresboro, NC writes:
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Congress... time for the EPA to go!
May 30th, 2012
Wanda L. from Picayune, MS signed.
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Rebecca R. from Knoxville, TN writes:
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It's time to get rid of the EPA!!!
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