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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 29th, 2012
Libby J. from Conesus, NY signed.
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Carol S. from Georgetown, OH signed.
May 29th, 2012
Someone from Tulsa, OK writes:
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EPA and other alphabet agencies are ruining this country.
May 29th, 2012
Someone from Fords, NJ writes:
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We need to abolish the EPA. It is a useless and dangerous agency.
May 29th, 2012
Steve C. from Fort Collins, CO signed.
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Genie Z. from Dublin, VA writes:
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ABOLISH THE EPA NOW!
May 29th, 2012
Jerry C. from Antlers, OK signed.
May 29th, 2012
Nancy L. from Palatine, IL writes:
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STOP THE NONSENSE!!!!! EPA - POWER GRAB MUST BE STOPPED! I PRAY IN THE ALMIGHTY NAME OF GOD THAT HE WILL BRING DESTRUCTION ON YOU.
May 29th, 2012
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STOP THE NONSENSE!!!!! EPA - POWER GRAB MUST BE STOPPED! I PRAY IN THE ALMIGHTY NAME OF GOD THAT HE WILL BRING DESTRUCTION ON YOU.
May 29th, 2012
Aileen H. from Anchorage, AK writes:
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The heavy hand of the EPA costs small business billions of dollars a year, jobs and does not impart additional safety.
May 29th, 2012
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May 29th, 2012
Magda A. from Greenville, SC writes:
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STOP THE EPA before it destroys our country!
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michele a. from Temple City, CA writes:
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STOP FUNDING THE EPA!!!!!!
May 29th, 2012
Vonda S. from Buffalo, MO writes:
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The EPA is a bully and needs to be stopped in their tracks!
May 29th, 2012
Hon. & Mrs. Paul D. from Anaheim, CA signed.
May 29th, 2012
RC R. from Hollywood, FL writes:
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DISMANTLE THE TREACHEROUS EPA--ONCE AND FOR ALL--THEY ARE JOB KILLERS, ECONOMY KILLERS AND THEIR FACIST AGENDA FOR OUR REPUBLIC WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. WE EXPECT YOU OUR HIRED REPRESENTATIVES TO DO YOUR JOB. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! YOU MUST JOIN THE FIGHT TO BLOCK THIS MONSTROSITY CALLED THE EPA'S VETO POWER! WE THE PEOPLE ARE WATCHING YOU!
May 29th, 2012
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Flora F. from Kissimmee, FL signed.
May 29th, 2012
Thomas B. from New Bloomfield, PA writes:
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Removal of this department is long since past. It has done much damage to our economy and country over the past thirty years.
May 29th, 2012
Todd S. from Sioux City, IA signed.
May 29th, 2012
francis f. from Pinellas Park, FL writes:
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Kill the EPA.
May 29th, 2012
Don N. from Black Mountain, NC writes:
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Wake up and get it done.........
May 29th, 2012
Steve L. from Sarasota, FL signed.
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Mildred E. from Carlsbad, CA signed.
May 29th, 2012
cathy s. from Bridgeton, MO writes:
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STOP YOUR ACTIONS---WHAT A WASTE OF EFFOR
May 29th, 2012
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May 29th, 2012
Elizabeth L. from Port Lavaca, TX writes:
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Time to shut down regulatory agencies and use common sense instead.
May 29th, 2012
Jimmie B. from Walla Walla, WA writes:
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We need to stop the EPA now. This is a runaway train on a path to destroy our country.
May 29th, 2012
Kathy S. from Newport News, VA signed.
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