EPA chief makes first Superfund site visit with Indiana stop

People stand together holding placards during the March for Science day at Martin Place in Sydney

People stand together holding placards during the March for Science day at Martin Place in Sydney

Pruitt will be in the region on Wednesday to visit a lead contaminated housing complex in East Chicago, Indiana, just 30 minutes south of Chicago. "And that they can have confidence that their land, their health is going to be secure in the long term", Pruitt said in a brief statement to reporters who waited to hear him speak outside the now-shuttered Carrie Gosch Elementary School building.

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. Another 3,000 residents living in Zone 2 and 3 of the superfund site were not told to relocate.

Brooks also cited concerns about rumors the administration also might be considering eliminating two of EPA's regional offices, including the Region 5 office that now is overseeing cleanup efforts in East Chicago. Administrator Pruitt has been the main proponent of the Trump administration's proposed 31 percent across the board EPA cuts, including plans to completely eliminate funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and to slash funding for many other critical environmental protection programs in Region 5.

The EPA began conducting soil tests at the site in late 2009 and finally reached a consent decree with the liable companies in 2014.

They are anxious Pruitt won't do enough to eradicate the problem because he and President Trump want to roll back environmental regulations. "We hope Administrator Pruitt will accept our invitation".

Pruitt says leaders talked about setting concrete steps.

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

"They made pleas for assistance, for help", he said. Thirteen other families are appealing their relocation offers from the city housing authority or have been given notice to move.

Resident Demetra Turner, 44, who left Chicago a decade ago for public housing in IN, said she was trying to find safe housing for the two children who live with her. U.S. Reps. Raja Krishnamoorthi and Jan Schakowsky, both Illinois Democrats, joined employees at the press conference to emphasize their support for the union's fight to keep the office open.

The lead-and-arsenic contaminated 346-unit housing complex was built in the early 1970s on the footprint of a former lead smelter.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is re-considering a rule that would limit methane emissions from oil and gas extraction operations.

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.

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