The Forest Service and the EPA are allowing continued releases of toxic concentrations of selenium from the Simplot Company’s Smoky Canyon Mine into Crow Creek and Sage Creek in southeast Idaho. These streams are important habitat for Yellowstone cutthroat trout and other fish and wildlife in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Recently released reports show numerous deformed trout spawned from fish in these streams, including two-headed brown trout and a two-headed cutthroat trout.
Sign our petition to request that the Forest Service and the EPA require the J.R. Simplot Company to clean up the Smoky Canyon Mine Superfund site.
The Smoky Canyon Phosphate Mine is one of 17 Superfund mine sites in this region, and yet rather than force cleanup of these toxic sites, the agencies and companies have been moving forward with new mining proposals. In fact, just recently the J.R. Simplot Company applied for an exemption to the Clean Water Act selenium standards, seeking an excuse to walk away from its Superfund mine site. It is time to tell the Forest Service and EPA that the company must be held responsible to clean up the mess they have left behind. Once the Smoky Canyon Mine is cleaned up, we want the federal government to ensure the remaining Superfund mine sites in southeast Idaho are also cleaned up.
It is ultimately the federal government’s responsibility to protect our public lands and they have turned a blind eye to this issue for too long!