Require J.R. Simplot Co. to Clean Up Its Smoky Canyon Mine Superfund Site
  • Petitioned Thomas Tidwell

This petition was delivered to:

U.S. Forest Service
Thomas Tidwell
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Lisa Jackson

Require J.R. Simplot Co. to Clean Up Its Smoky Canyon Mine Superfund Site

    1. Sponsored by

      Greater Yellowstone Coalition

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!

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 7,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Kyler Wilson SLANGERUP, DENMARK
      • over 2 years ago

      Idaho is my childhood home, this sort of thing shouldn't cause only local or state outrage but national outrage. Im disgusted.

      • over 2 years ago

      I am not a tree hugger or green freak, (I'm not even American - I am British), but I do believe in corporate responsibility and transparency. I would like to say I was shocked at the obvious corruption vis-a-vis Simplot , State/National Politicss and the EPA, but I wasn't. Big money owns the law, it owns the politicians and unless the people take back the power that is theirs nothing will change.

    • Rochelle McConico AUSTIN, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      It is not okay to use your financial power to negatively affect American natural resources without being held accountable.

      • over 2 years ago

      Because I care about clean water and rivers that will have fish in them for my grandchildren to enjoy, rather than being industrial dumping grounds.

    • Shanna Bublitz RATHDRUM, ID
      • over 2 years ago

      It's hard enough to have other citizens think that people from Idaho are idiots- I live here and do NOT appreciate the pollution of water from these mines. Simplot can drink his own toxins, if he wants....


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