Legislators criticize reported closure of EPA Chicago office

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"Any attempt by this administration to close any US EPA regional office will further cripple environmental protection efforts, while also sending a clear signal to polluters to further contaminate the Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes, Puget Sound, as well as our rivers, streams and wetlands", said American Federation of Government Employees Local 704 President John O'Grady, whose union represents EPA employees.

Making things worse, when the EPA tested residents' tap water [PDF] a year ago, 40 percent of the homes showed high levels of lead due to a separate problem of insufficient use of corrosion control in water pipes.

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".

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".

Chanting crowds weaved through streets of East Chicago on Wednesday near a Superfund site.

"They made pleas for assistance, for help", he said.

Really, Scott Pruitt? Western Pennsylvanians know enough to recognize when you are blowing (coal) dust when you declare that "the war on coal is done" ("EPA's Pruitt Says He'll Be a Friend to Coal", April 14). The site includes part of the former USS Lead facility along with nearby commercial, municipal and residential areas, including the West Calumet public housing complex. Flint families still can not drink tap water without a filter, and as more communities deal with the effects of aging infrastructure on the health of their water systems, we should be strengthening - not cutting - these vital federal tools. The land we walk upon is contaminated. Housing officials said their goal is to move out all families by May.

Not only is the Trump administration eliminating federal funding for lead detection and mitigation programs - it's also asking Congress to slash funding for Superfund cleanup by a whopping 30 percent.

"Paris is something that we need to really look at closely", he said.

Residents of a lead-contaminated public-housing complex in IN and environmental activists are protesting ahead of a visit by the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt was scheduled to to tour the complex where roughly 1,000 people were ordered evacuated because of lead contamination. Another 3,000 residents living in Zone 2 and 3 of the superfund site were not told to relocate.

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