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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
Carl S. from Winter Springs, FL signed.
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Gary A L. from Cave Creek, AZ signed.
May 30th, 2012
Julia S. from Santa Barbara, CA writes:
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CONGRESS DO YOUR JOB GET SOME BACKBONE GET RID OF EPA its killing us & If O has nothing to HIDE & is elligible SHOW US THE DOCS THAT DEFINE HIS LIFE the ORIGINALS WHAT IS HE AFRAID OF? WHY DOES HE HAVE TO HIDE THEM? IF HE WON'T FIRE HIM UPHOLD THE US LAWS
May 30th, 2012
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May 29th, 2012
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Kimberly L. from Salem, MO signed.
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Joseph R. from Bronx, NY signed.
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Joseph R. from Bronx, NY signed.
May 29th, 2012
Walter S. from Venus, TX signed.
May 29th, 2012
William K. from Prescott Valley, AZ writes:
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The EPA permits radical unelected bureaucrats to evade accountability and override congressional oversight. Close it down and return it's functions to the States.
May 29th, 2012
Joyce D. from Joelton, TN writes:
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It is way past time to cut the federal government down to size!
May 29th, 2012
Gordon G. from Fortville, IN writes:
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I never thought I would see the day when a handful of evil men could launch a full scale attack on Capitalism and bring the breadbasket of the world to it's knees. I thought our checks and balances were adaquate to prevent such control. These wannabe despots have done everything they can to bring our nation to a grinding halt under the guise of protecting the environment.God created man to occupy and to live and prosper off of the environment. It's for the service of man.The EPA has gone to extremes and seems to be stuck on stupid.Maybe we all should just give up on jobs and prosperity and our freedoms.No I'd rather die trying to preserve that which is good and not go off on a tangent and promote evil inventions to prevent prosperity and wealth in a nation totally able to be self sufficient in every way. I wish prosperity for everyone while this goverment wants it only for themselves.I have a life to live and to prevent prosperity for America isn't on my agenda . but the tyrant Obama and his minions work overtime to do just that.How jealous , how evil.They are pushing their way into God's arena where he is Master. He sets up kings and brings down kings.I trust him , but I do not trust the EPA or Barak Obama. Lord Jesus," Please help our nation." Congressmen please do all you can to stop this power grab and restore power to those that trust you to keep us free and prosperous.The President doesn't represent" We the People", I hope you do.Thanks
May 29th, 2012
Anne & Stephen F. from Covington, LA writes:
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Get rid of the EPA! WE CANNOT KEEP THEM IN ANY KIND OF POWER!
May 29th, 2012
Doug S. from Philpot, KY writes:
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The EPA is anti-American business, anti-free enterprise, simply anti-American!
May 29th, 2012
Kenneth S. from Cortland, IL signed.
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Kenan W. from Clemmons, NC signed.
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Michael D. from Harrodsburg, KY signed.
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Michael P. from Mount Airy, MD signed.
May 29th, 2012
Gary H. from Mustang, OK writes:
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EPA has shown over and over that it is a sledge hammer instead of a tack hammer when it comes to enforcement. In this case, REMOVE THEIR FUNDING....
May 29th, 2012
Don and Patti W. from Sahuarita, AZ writes:
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EPA usurps authority of Forest Service in AZ, Rosemont mine, WV and overruled, now Alaska over Congress...coalmines, etc. STOP the EPA
May 29th, 2012
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May 29th, 2012
brigid f. from Portland, TX writes:
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EPA under Obama is on the warpath. it's past time to stop them
May 29th, 2012
Grady Y. from Fort Lauderdale, FL signed.
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Irene A. from Kernersville, NC signed.
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Don F. from Mustang, OK signed.