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.


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!


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Public Comments (865)
Nov 9th, 2020
Someone from Los Angeles, CA writes:
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Muchas gracias. ?Como puedo iniciar sesion?
Aug 25th, 2015
James M. from Kernersville, NC writes:
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Stop this commie crap NOW!!!
Dec 4th, 2014
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Dec 4th, 2014
Belinda Y. from Quitman, AR writes:
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Friends, I hope all of you will read this and sign the petition. The EPA is going to make it harder for us to be free. If this is allowed, the EPA will have more power than it should have.
Dec 4th, 2014
Debbie R. from Hope, AR signed.
Dec 4th, 2014
Johnny R. from Hope, AR writes:
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Please, everyone, take a little time and check into how the EPA and dept of justice are stealing our money and making rulings behind our backs. (sue and settle) for instance.
Nov 17th, 2014
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Nov 14th, 2014
Chad F. from Moundsville, WV writes:
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Stop Obama's WAR ON COAL PLEASE!!! I am speaking out against the EPA who is helping to destroy the American economy. You cannot take away jobs, until you create viable alternative jobs. people starve and are driven into poverty with EPA power grabs. The EPA scares me now. They appear more powerful than Obama.
Oct 23rd, 2014
Craig T. from Sherborn, MA writes:
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Stop OBAMA and the EPA