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Chicago EPA Office to Close, Durbin Vows Action

Chicago EPA Office to Close, Durbin Vows Action

Scott Pruitt walked out of a news conference without taking questions after he and other elected officials discussed their visit to a Superfund cleanup site at a lead-contaminated public-housing complex.

The leader of the Environmental Protection Agency is scheduled to tour an IN public-housing complex where roughly 1,000 people were ordered evacuated because of lead contamination.

The president of the union that represents Environmental Protection Agency employees is making a pre-emptive strike against the agency after a report surfaced that the EPA plans to shutter a regional office in Chicago.

Barbara Bolling-Williams, state president of the IN branch of the NAACP, said she is cautiously optimistic following Pruitt's visit, but added that his visit comes with the threat of "a skinnier EPA budget, fewer regulations - and rumors Chicago's regional EPA office could be shut down looms IN the background".

Trump's proposed cuts to the nation's Superfund program and the planned elimination of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, along with the expected closure of the EPA's Office of Environmental Justice, will do great harm to East Chicago's efforts to clean up the community on the southern shores of Lake Michigan, Frank said.

Pruitt says leaders talked about setting concrete steps. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford) Eddis Marie Loving, of East Chicago, Ind., holds a sign as supporters and residents of East Chicago, Ind., rally near a public-housing complex Wednesday, April 19, 2017, ahead of a visit by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.

Meanwhile, representatives from various community organizations made their way inside Carrie Gosch Elementary School - closed to students last summer amid fears of lead contamination - to take residents' concerns to a delegation of state and federal officials. He met with residents and toured the complex where evacuations began previous year. The land we walk upon is contaminated. Another 3,000 residents living in Zone 2 and 3 of the superfund site were not told to relocate.

Eleven of the remaining families have found new homes and are in the process of moving, according to HUD. Trump administration's proposed budget for fiscal year 2018 would cut EPA funding 31 percent, the biggest planned cut for any federal agency. "Rather than focus on politicized rumors, we are working with residents to make sure they and their families can live in a safe and healthy environment".

"We can't drink the water".

"Back-to-Basics means returning EPA to its core mission", Pruitt said, "protecting the environment by engaging with state, local, and tribal partners to create sensible regulations that enhance economic growth".


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