Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Closing Chicago EPA Office Would 'Devastate,' But Agency Denies Shutdown

Closing Chicago EPA Office Would 'Devastate,' But Agency Denies Shutdown

Last week, Scott Pruitt announced a #Back2Basics campaign that proposes returning the EPA to its supposed roots: protecting the environment, spurring job growth, and not burdening industry with rules and regulations. "They can have the confidence that their land, their health is going to be secure in the long-term".

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.

As for Pruitt's meeting with residents at East Chicago's USS Lead Superfund site, Frank said he and four other residents shared their experiences dealing with the city's contaminated soil and water.

His visit comes as fears persist the EPA is closing down its Chicago regional office, CBS 2's Jeremy Ross reports. In March, the residents of East Chicago signed a petition, urging the agency to address an urgent crisis of lead in the water supply.

Pruitt says leaders talked about setting concrete steps.

The Environmental Protection Agency will begin reducing its workforce by offering buyouts to the agency's 15,000 employees after the White House issued an order for agencies to cut down their teams, the Washington Post reports.

"At a time when US Steel is carelessly spilling risky chemicals into Lake Michigan, we can not turn our back on the Great Lakes and allow the Trump administration to muffle the EPA", Emanuel said.

They said they've only gotten "non-denials" in response.

"I think that if the head of the EPA is traveling anywhere in the region as a matter of courtesy, we've always seen that the administrator would come to the local office and meet with the staff", he said.

Pruitt on Wednesday visited a Superfund site for the first time in his tenure, something elected officials from both parties noted.

Residents and the Natural Resources Defense Council are calling for more support and testing.

Pruitt toured the complex with IN officials, including Gov. Eric Holcomb and Sen.

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. More than one thousand people were forced to evacuate, according to Debbie Chizewer at Northwestern Law School, who has worked very closely with the affected residents.

Maritza Lopez, a Superfund resident, held up a multipage list of medications she takes daily to show those gathered at the NAACP news conference the effects of contamination in the neighborhood she has long called home.

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