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National Call-In Event! Stop The Dumping Of Mining Waste In Our Waters! Take action today!

Photo of Lower Slate Lake before and after.

Taking advantage of a Bush-era loophole, mining companies are using America's streams and lakes as dumping grounds for their dangerous and toxic wastes. For nearly a decade, they have been turning some of America's most pristine lakes and streams into industrial waste dumps.



Take action today to tell the Obama administration to stop this destruction and close this loophole immediately!

Photo: Lower Slate Lake in Alaska, before the Kensington Gold Mine's waste dumping and after. (Before: Irene Alexakos; After: Alaska DEC.)

Dear Supporter,

Back in May, more than 26,000 Earthjustice supporters stood up to tell the Obama administration to close a massive Bush-era loophole in the Clean Water Act that is allowing mining companies to dump their toxic and dangerous mining waste directly into the waters we rely on.

That mining waste loophole still exists, and each day that the Obama administration doesn't close it, a gold mine in Alaska pumps hundreds of thousands of gallons of toxic wastewater slurry into Lower Slate Lake, killing its fish and aquatic life. This is in Alaska, and rivers and streams in many other states could be next. High gold and metal prices have triggered a mining boom that, without stronger regulation, threatens countless lakes, streams and wetlands in Alaska and throughout the country.

For the next two days, we ask you to help us follow-up on those 26,000 letters by taking part in our National Call-In Event to protect our waters from dangerous mining waste. Thousands of Earthjustice supporters will be joining with supporters of the National Wildlife Federation, EarthWorks, and Natural Resources Defense Council to make a strong statement to the Obama administration: The loophole must be closed immediately!

You can help stop the mine and protect clean water by calling the Army Corps of Engineers. This will only take a few minutes, and it's easy. Please take action to tell the Obama administration to close this loophole immediately.

After you call, please let us know how it went by logging your call on our website.

Photo of Lower Slate Lake before and after.

Aerial photos of Lower Slate Lake before and after the Kensington Gold Mine's dumping of mining waste. (Before: Photo by Pat Costello, courtesy of LightHawk.)

Make Your Call Today Or Tomorrow:



When the receptionist answers the phone, please express your desire to leave a public comment for the agency. Please urge the agency to close the loophole in the Clean Water Act immediately so mining companies can't dump toxic waste into the nation's waters.



Here's a sample of what you can say (and we hope you will add your personal touch, too):

"I'm calling to ask the Army Corps of Engineers to close the loophole in the Clean Water Act so mining companies can't dump toxic waste into the nation's waters.



"Mining companies are using the 2002 loophole in the Clean Water Act rule to bury streams and lakes with untreated mining wastes.



"The Army Corps of Engineers should close the mine waste dumping loophole immediately."

After You Make Your Call: Please let us know about your call experience by logging your call on our website, or by emailing action@earthjustice.org.
Why are we calling the Army Corps of Engineers?

The Army Corps of Engineers, along with the EPA, is responsible for managing the Clean Water Act, and the Corps can act directly to close the loophole. That's why it's important that they hear from concerned citizens like you.
Thank you for taking the time to speak out! If you have a few extra minutes and would like to join the Earthjustice supporters who are calling the other agencies, you can call the Environmental Protection Agency at (202) 564-4700 and the White House Council on Environmental Quality at (202) 395-5750.

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Photo of polluted water.

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