July 20, 2012

The Honorable Lisa P. Jackson
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460

Dear Administrator Jackson:
We understand that a Section 404(c) Clean Water Act action to preempt
the possible creation of a mining project in Alaska is being considered
by the EPA. We are very concerned about the possible precedent that
would be set by vetoing (or conditioning) such a mine or development
project by the EPA, particularly in advance of a request for permit.
As this mineral exploration is occurring on state lands available for
mining, our concerns are amplified even more. We agree with the Alaska
Attorney General who believes that EPA should drop this ill-advised
approach that violates states` rights.
The US needs copper and we especially need jobs that come from
resource development projects that propose significant investments,
more than $6 billion in the case of Pebble. Such investment would have
far reaching positive economic benefits not just for Alaska, but also for
those American companies and workers who would build and supply a
potential new strategic minerals mine.
Premature judgment and action by the EPA is cause for great concern,
not just in Alaska, but across the country. Interested stakeholders should
be able to gather information about the potential impacts of a mining
plan, the potential economic effects, and the true risks of mining
development near their communities once an actual plan has been
The environmental permitting process is far from perfect, but it is the
law of the land. It appears to us that the EPA has taken the side of those
petitioning against the mine de·elopment in its Bristol Bay \atershed
Assessment.` lurther, we belie·e that the hastily assembled watershed
study of an area nearly the size of Virginia based on mines and activities
made-up by the EPA is not an appropriate approach for ANY type of
permitting or policy decision. This assessment also appears to be rushed
for purely political reasons. This is a reckless approach and we urge you
to stop this intrusion on state lands.
As is the case with the LPA`s o·erreach in attempting to ·eto water
permits íor \est Virginia`s Spruce Mine ,appropriately rejected by the
courts), vetoing a fill permit for a potential copper mine before a plan
has been filed is another ill-advised power grab by the agency. This
agency action would have a dramatic chilling effect on investment in
America and show that many third world countries have more regulatory
certainty than the U.S. This rush to judgment is stifling proper analysis
and debate on mining and this so called assessment.

We the undersigned urge you to stop spending taxpayer money on this
petition. It is in the nation`s best economic interests that you abandon
this biased watershed assessment, dismiss the 404(c) veto petition, and
wait until a permit application is filed for mining or other activities in the
region before making any assessments or decisions.

Jeremy Thompson
Executive Director, Alaska Policy Forum

Phil Kerpen
President, American Commitment

Bill Wilson
President, Americans for Limited Government

James Valvo
Director of Policy, Americans for Prosperity

Grover Norquist
President, Americans for Tax Reform

Jim Waters
President, Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solution

Barrett E. Kidner
Chairman & CEO Caesar Rodney Institute

Peter J. Nelson
Director of Public Policy, Center of the American Experiment

Fred Smith
President, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Myron Ebell
Executive Director, Freedom Action

Jonathan Bechtle
CEO, Freedom Foundation

Benita Dodd
Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation

Wayne Hoffman
Executive Director, Idaho Freedom Foundation

Jon Sanders
Director of Regulatory Studies, The John Locke Foundation

Dave Trabert
President, Kansas Policy Institute

Brett Healy
President, The John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy

Carl Graham
CEO, Montana Policy Institute

Duane Parde
President, National Taxpayers Union

Kevin Kane
President, Pelican Institute for Public Policy

Don Racheter, PhD
Chief Operating Officer, Public Interest Institute

Paul Gessing
President, Rio Grande Foundation

Kathleen Hartnett
Director, 1exas Public Policy loundation`s Armstrong Center íor
Energy & the Environment

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