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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
Jun 18th, 2012
Paul G. from Pomona, CA signed.
Jun 18th, 2012
Max R. from New Rockford, ND signed.
Jun 18th, 2012
larry h. from Saint Louis, MO signed.
Jun 18th, 2012
Vincent A. from Folsom, CA signed.
Jun 18th, 2012
Lois P. from Milwaukee, WI signed.
Jun 18th, 2012
William C. from Middleville, MI signed.
Jun 18th, 2012
Wayne & Sue H. from Fort Lauderdale, FL writes:
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Impeach Obama before the elections
Jun 18th, 2012
Bryan B. from Avondale, AZ signed.
Jun 17th, 2012
Margaret B. from Olathe, KS signed.
Jun 17th, 2012
Michael G. from Surprise, AZ signed.
Jun 17th, 2012
Michael R. from Maxwell, NE signed.
Jun 17th, 2012
timothy m. from Henderson, NV signed.
Jun 17th, 2012
Neal C. from Cape Coral, FL writes:
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All members of Congress to block the EPA, that is a joke. Some members maybe the rest are there just for the powerand perks. and that is in both parties.
Jun 17th, 2012
Stephen T. from Mandeville, LA writes:
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This is akin to the British telling the India they can not make salt or clothes, two of India's best exports.
Jun 17th, 2012
Stanley S. from Watervliet, MI writes:
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I closed a small boat repair bisness for feer of the EPA . Thar power is to vast and complicated for many biznes owners to comply with and make a profit!
Jun 17th, 2012
Francis M. from Bath, NY signed.
Jun 17th, 2012
Martha E. from Lone Oak, TX writes:
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It is time to put a permanent stop to the EPA and just get rid of it. Besides who is in charge Obama? If so that explains a lot.
Jun 17th, 2012
David F. from Richlands, NC signed.
Jun 17th, 2012
Loretta H. from Cuyahoga Falls, OH writes:
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This tyranny must be stopped
Jun 17th, 2012
Craig S. from Loveland, CO writes:
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Nothing says anti-Constit. better than this agency! With no representation by the People, they pretty much do as they please. Stop them now!
Jun 17th, 2012
Judith M. from Manassas, VA signed.
Jun 17th, 2012
Joe W. from Loveland, OH signed.
Jun 17th, 2012
Gary P. from Wasilla, AK signed.
Jun 17th, 2012
Susan W. from Seattle, WA writes:
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An Enormous bite out of the rights on which we are founded. A Gigantic thrust for the invasive EPA's assuming power to which it is not entitled! How counterproductive!
Jun 17th, 2012
THOMAS G. from Weston, WV signed.
Jun 17th, 2012
Someone from Antioch, CA signed.
Jun 16th, 2012
Macky & Hank P. from New Braunfels, TX signed.
Jun 16th, 2012
silvy b. from Los Angeles, CA signed.
Jun 16th, 2012
Rawley F. from Burlington, NC signed.
Jun 16th, 2012
Someone from Layton, UT signed.
Jun 16th, 2012
Joe K. from Santa Maria, CA writes:
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If only this were about ecology, instead of control !!
Jun 16th, 2012
barbara e. from Littleton, CO signed.
Jun 16th, 2012
Harold P. from Blairstown, NJ signed.
Jun 16th, 2012
Julius S. from Jefferson, TX writes:
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If this is permitted, where will the power grabs stop? Will there be battles between federal agencies or will they collaborate to subjugate the peoples of the United States?
Jun 16th, 2012
Joseph R. from Bronx, NY signed.
Jun 16th, 2012
Dixie C. from Yankton, SD signed.
Jun 16th, 2012
Bill P. from Goldsboro, NC signed.
Jun 16th, 2012
Someone from Brooklyn, NY writes:
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Im sick of govt. especially this agency telling the american people what the can and cannot do according to their whims. They put thousands of farmers out of business because of a tiny fish no bigger than your small finger. NO NO NO NO NO AMERICANS ARE MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THAN A FISH
Jun 16th, 2012
C W. from Louisville, KY signed.
Jun 16th, 2012
Someone from Brooklyn, NY signed.