Alert Expired -- EPA Rejects Yazoo Pumps Project!
For only the 12th time in its entire history, the Environmental Protection Agency has decided to use the veto process to kill an Army Corps of Engineers project. Dead in the water is the Yazoo Pumps, a project that would drain 200,000 acres of wetlands, destroy the best hunting and fishing habitat in the Mississippi River Flyway, damage a number of wildlife refuges and cost taxpayers more than $210 million.
This is great news! Thank you to the thousands of activists who already wrote letters to the EPA urging them to Dump the Pumps!
According to the EPA's letter to the Army Corps...
"...the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is initiating review, under Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act, of the proposed Yazoo Backwater Area Project in the Yazoo River Basin in Mississippi. EPA is taking this step because we have reason to believe that the recommended project plan could result in unacceptable adverse effects on the aquatic ecosystem, particularly to fish and wildlife resources." Download the EPA's letter to the Army Corps of Engineers (pdf)
Hats off to the EPA for taking a stand against this wasteful project! Check out this great article in TIME magazine for more on the story.
"A Green Day for Bush"
By Michael Grunwald, TIME Magazine
"On the unexpected-meter, it probably falls somewhere between Man Bites Dog and Trump Declines Comment. But on Friday, the Bush administration did something excellent for the environment.
"In a letter obtained by TIME, Bush's Environmental Protection Agency moved to block a $220 million Army Corps of Engineers flood-control project in the Mississippi Delta, laying the groundwork for the first EPA veto of an Army Corps project since 1990."
Read the entire article...
This project--often called "the monster that just won't die"--still needs a few more stabs to the heart. The complete veto process could take a few more months. Stand strong EPA!