EPA chief visits Indiana waste site amid proposed budget cuts

  • EPA chief visits Indiana waste site amid proposed budget cuts

EPA chief visits Indiana waste site amid proposed budget cuts

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency toured an IN public-housing complex on Wednesday where roughly 1,000 people were ordered evacuated because of lead contamination, his first visit to a Superfund site that some environmental advocates called a major leadership test.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday said it would begin a review of an Obama administration rule limiting methane emissions at oil and gas drilling sites.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt stated, "This action is another example of EPA implementing President Trump's vision of being good stewards of our natural resources, while not developing regulations that hurt our economy and kill jobs".

The regional office that serves Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin may close and be consolidated elsewhere, the Chicago Sun Times reported on Saturday, April 15, attributing the information to a source "plugged in to federal-government happenings".

Chanting crowds weaved through streets of East Chicago; some held signs that read "East Chicago Demands Clean Water".

Brooks says they want the EPA to be more responsive, expand soil and blood lead testing testing efforts, and establish a victims' compensation fund to make residents "whole".

The private sector is set to get a big boost under this administration, and the latest talk to limit the power of the public sphere involves pushing legal consideration to outside counsel, potentially bypassing the influence of longtime EPA employees in favor of kowtowing to corporate concerns.

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On Monday wearing the same bib number 261, at 70 years old, Switzer finished in 4:44:31, noted the Globe. His response: "No dame ever ran no marathon". "And when he came to, he was so impressed", she said.

Residents of the complex and environmental activists protested ahead of his visit.

EPA began a cleanup past year of lead- and arsenic-contaminated soil in the Superfund site, which includes the entire Calumet neighborhood.

The Trump administration's proposed budget calls for a 31% cut to the budget, including cuts to the agency's environmental justice program. "And we air we breathe is contaminated", said Thomas Frank, a resident of the community of roughly 30,000 who lives near the Superfund site.

Eleven of the remaining families have found new homes and are in the process of moving, according to HUD.

"We can't drink the water". Thirteen other families are appealing their relocation offers from the city housing authority or have been given notice to move. It may not have been his intention, but he's showing the whole country how much we need an EPA strong enough to protect our health and to fight back against big polluters. Pruitt was scheduled to to tour the complex where roughly 1,000 people were ordered evacuated because of lead contamination.

Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, sent a letter announcing his decision to a coalition of energy companies that lobbied against the 2015 water pollution regulations.

Environmentalists say USS Lead Superfund in East Chicago, Indiana, is the poster child of environmental injustice.