EPA Takes Next Step to Veto Yazoo Pumps

Action Taken by EPA is One Step Closer to Historic Veto Process of Yazoo Pumps

March 19th, 2008

Garrett Russo, Press Secretary, (202) 243-7073


Melissa Samet, Senior Director Water Resources, (415) 482-8150

Washington, DC — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken the next step towards killing the disastrous Yazoo Pumps project, which would use $220 million federal tax dollars to drain more than 300 square miles of wetlands in Mississippi; an area equal to the size of New York City, including all 5 boroughs. The EPA is now seeking public comment on its proposed veto decision, and is giving citizens 45 days to voice their support for this critically important veto.

Below is a statement from Rebecca Wodder, President of American Rivers.

“Today the EPA has moved one step closer to putting an end to one of the most environmentally catastrophic ideas of the past century. Since the 1940’s, the Corps of Engineers has been trying to sell us all on the Yazoo Pumps. However for almost 70 years and counting the public hasn’t been interested in buying.

These vital wetlands must be protected, and in these trying economic times wasteful government projects have to be stopped in their tracks, especially ones that use taxpayer money to deliberately destroy the environment.

I’m thrilled to see the EPA living up to its name, and now is the time for all of us to stand with them. I look forward to adding my comments to those of thousands of others in the coming weeks. Starting the veto process is newsworthy, but finishing it is what’s truly historic.

Read about current updates on the Yazoo Pump Project.


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