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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
Jane G. from Cartersville, GA signed.
May 29th, 2012
JULIE A. from Houston, TX signed.
May 29th, 2012
JULIE A. from Houston, TX signed.
May 29th, 2012
Lanning L. from Denver, CO signed.
May 29th, 2012
Rick S. from Kelseyville, CA writes:
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This is an outrage. The EPA needs to be stopped at the very least from being able to do things like this. Furthermore, the country would be served even better by the disbandment of this agency!!!
May 29th, 2012
Rick S. from Okeechobee, FL signed.
May 29th, 2012
Paul C. from Lampasas, TX writes:
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Abolish the EPA
May 29th, 2012
Kevin R. from San Diego, CA signed.
May 29th, 2012
Roy K. from Wheaton, IL signed.
May 29th, 2012
Suzanne L. from Lawrence, KS signed.
May 29th, 2012
Marilyn K. from Gambier, OH writes:
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EPA is over-reaching and helping to destroy The United States. The evidence is quite clear with all the mandates that have prevented recovery of the United States. With Obama and EPA in charge, the unemployed will find it difficult to ever find jobs. It's one thing to have clean air to breathe and clean rivers for the marine life but this over-reach is all politically based. I find it very unacceptable!
May 29th, 2012
William N. from Yale, OK writes:
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Please close the doors on all EPA offices. They all are trash. Please shut down now!!!!!!
May 29th, 2012
Kevin R. from San Diego, CA signed.
May 29th, 2012
Lawrence S. from Garden Grove, CA writes:
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DUMP THE EPA NOW !
May 29th, 2012
Bobby C. from Leon, IA signed.
May 28th, 2012
Someone from Bluffton, SC writes:
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We must throw out all of this (Chicago) thuggary before it is too late. Our country's survival depends on it.
May 28th, 2012
Larry S. from Freehold, NJ signed.
May 28th, 2012
Henry H. from Oakland, CA signed.
May 28th, 2012
John J. from Tyler, TX writes:
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STOP THE EPA NOW WHILE YOU ARE STILL SOMEWHAT RELEVANT!!!!!!!!!!!!
May 28th, 2012
Gary G. from Kalispell, MT writes:
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How about actually acting according to law for a change?!
May 28th, 2012
Beverly L. from Roanoke, VA signed.
May 28th, 2012
Sade M. from Tucson, AZ writes:
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The EPA needs to be reigned in or shut down.
May 28th, 2012
Donald E. from Meredith, NH signed.
May 28th, 2012
Joseph S. from Montgomery, AL writes:
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It is past time for Congress to get your act together and woek together to block the EPA from doing any more damage to this country than they already have.
May 28th, 2012
Dixie C. from Yankton, SD signed.
May 28th, 2012
Iris G. from Westfield, MA signed.
May 28th, 2012
Someone from Heppner, OR signed.
May 28th, 2012
James,Linda G. from Edinburg, TX writes:
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EpA,nopower over permits ,Stop your Abuse now !!YOUR goung to m looking for a Job ,When your wanna be leader is Defeated in this presidential Election !!!
May 28th, 2012
David D. from Manahawkin, NJ signed.
May 28th, 2012
Everett M. from Cushing, OK signed.
May 28th, 2012
James ,Linda G. from Edinburg, TX signed.
May 28th, 2012
Robert R. from Cozad, NE signed.
May 28th, 2012
John B. from Coolidge, TX signed.
May 28th, 2012
Brad M. from Sharpsburg, GA signed.
May 28th, 2012
Joseph K. from Lakeville, OH signed.
May 28th, 2012
Joy F. from Blue Ridge, GA writes:
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This power grab must be STOPPED!!!
May 28th, 2012
THOMAS M. from Weslaco, TX signed.
May 28th, 2012
A. Dudley T. from Bloomingdale, IL signed.
May 28th, 2012
Brian S. from Salinas, CA signed.
May 28th, 2012
sandra g. from Pittsburgh, PA writes:
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THE EPA IS GETTING TOO BIG FOR IT BRITCHES, AND YOU ALL KNOW IT IS TRUE. NOW THEY ARE MAKING A MOVE THAT WILL EVENTUALLY GIVE THEM POWER OVER PERMITS IN GENERAL. THEY RUIN EVERYTHING THEY TOUCH. PLEASE FIGHT TO BLOCK THE EPAS PREEMPTIVE VETO POWER. ACTUALLY, WHY DONT YOU DISSOLVE THE EPA AND GIVE US, THE ANIMALS AND THE ENVIROMENT A BREAK.