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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
Jul 16th, 2014
Michael Z. from Salisbury, NC writes:
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Stop cooking the books with false information regarding global warming!
Jul 15th, 2014
Someone from Reno, NV signed.
Jul 15th, 2014
Mark W. from Channahon, IL signed.
Jul 11th, 2014
elizabeth s. from Mather, CA signed.
Jul 11th, 2014
rickey f. from Martin, TN writes:
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ELIMINATE THE EPA BY DEFUDING IT
Jul 10th, 2014
Laura I. from Aurora, OR signed.
Jul 10th, 2014
Rick S. from Catskill, NY writes:
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EPA is out of control! Stop it ! I believe that we should close down the EPA and start over with strict boundaries and very careful oversight with checks and balances!
Jul 9th, 2014
Owen H. from Coppell, TX writes:
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EPA is far too powerful and tyrannical. Roll back their authority.
Jul 9th, 2014
David M. from Lake Elsinore, CA writes:
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The House of Representatives should defund the EPA until they comply.
Jul 9th, 2014
David M. from Lake Elsinore, CA writes:
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The House of Representatives should defund the EPA until they comply.
Jul 9th, 2014
David M. from Lake Elsinore, CA writes:
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The House of Representatives should defund the EPA until they comply.
Jul 9th, 2014
Brandon M. from Temecula, CA writes:
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The EPA has been granted way to much power and they need to be removed of that power. They are hurting the US, and not helping it.
Jul 9th, 2014
Zachary P. from Waco, TX signed.
Jul 9th, 2014
Denver M. from Cumming, GA signed.
Jul 9th, 2014
BLAINE R. from Longview, TX signed.
Jul 1st, 2014
Someone from Suisun City, CA writes:
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Stop the madness
Jun 23rd, 2014
Someone from Hastings, MN writes:
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IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!
Jun 16th, 2014
Joe A. from Winchester, VA writes:
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defund the EPA
Jun 16th, 2014
Isobel D. from Mission Viejo, CA writes:
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The United States cannot afford to be placing even more onerous controls on the energy industry when it is one of the last chances we have for resuscitating our stagnating economy. The environmentalists have destroyed job opportunities and make it ridiculously expensive to do business in this country anymore -- which is why America needs to become the "Land of Opportunity", not regulations.
Jun 16th, 2014
John R. from Spencer, OH signed.
Jun 3rd, 2014
Michael P. from Lawrence, KS signed.
Jun 3rd, 2014
Patrick S. from Chandler, AZ signed.
Jun 3rd, 2014
Mary S. from Chandler, AZ writes:
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Stop this power grab! This is government overreach that is destroy private property freedom rights.
Jun 2nd, 2014
Someone from Jefferson City, MO signed.
Jun 2nd, 2014
Bonnie O. from Doylestown, PA writes:
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Stop this ridiculous over reach of our intrusive and way too powerful government.
Jun 1st, 2014
David C. from Flowery Branch, GA signed.
Jun 1st, 2014
dan f. from Saint Petersburg, FL writes:
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Communist organization
May 31st, 2014
Cynthia J. from Battle Ground, WA signed.
May 31st, 2014
Someone from Casper, WY writes:
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I lost my job/career (commercial laboratory) 6 years ago at age 52 due to a 30+ armed agent RAID predicated on false information presented by a disgruntled employee. I was facing a federal indictment due to EPA’s response and actions that did not follow EPA's Devaney Memo policy on assessing complaints. Did you know the EPA-CID has a case/search warrant referral quota system so they can justify their annual congressional funding? The case was declined by the DOJ after 5 years of stress, financial and emotional hardship.
May 19th, 2014
geraldine r. from Edgewater, FL signed.
May 9th, 2014
Someone from Solvang, CA writes:
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THE EPA IS ONLY STARTING!!!HALF OF THINGS ARE DONE IN THE DARK OF NIGHT. MUST BE STOPPED!
May 6th, 2014
Neil R. from Okatie, SC signed.
May 2nd, 2014
Danny S. from El Paso, TX signed.
May 1st, 2014
Edward K. from Mary Esther, FL signed.
Apr 18th, 2014
walter m. from Spring, TX signed.
Apr 5th, 2014
Tom H. from Crawfordville, FL writes:
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Ending Production in America. The real purpose of the EPA, a unconstitutional, UN Agenda 21 driven agency destroying America from within under the false flag of a myth(global warming)!
Apr 3rd, 2014
Someone from Fort Myers, FL signed.
Mar 29th, 2014
Zach R. from Morganton, GA signed.
Mar 29th, 2014
Rick S. from Catskill, NY signed.
Mar 28th, 2014
John B. from Tulsa, OK signed.