EPA seeks to scuttle cleanup of coal power plant pollution

EPA seeks to scuttle cleanup of coal power plant pollution

EPA seeks to scuttle cleanup of coal power plant pollution

The Trump administration's proposed budget calls for a 31% cut to the budget, including cuts to the agency's environmental justice program.

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) toured his first hazardous waste site on Tuesday amid proposed budget cuts that could devastate efforts to clean up contaminated land and water around the country.

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".

A year ago approximately 1,000 residents in the West Calumet Housing Complex were ordered to relocate, the report said. "Ultimately, city residents - including but not limited to Superfund site residents - need full replacement of their lead service lines at no or greatly reduced cost to them", she wrote. But his #Back2Basics plans for the EPA, which includes rolling back regulations for companies, would lead to additional problems in East Chicago.

Pruitt, has reportedly faced criticism from receiving contributions from the fossil fuel industry and questioning climate change science.

Hoping to catch Pruitt's attention, dozens of community members gathered for an "emergency rally" on Wednesday morning, many of them carrying signs declaring "East Chicago demands clean water".

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"What we talked about today is setting forth concrete steps, progress that we can measure in the near term to restore that confidence", Pruitt said. They cried foul over his decision to skip meeting with them at the Chicago regional office. Rumors of the office's closure prompted the union and elected officials to hold a press conference Wednesday, speaking out against any cuts.

Advocates hope Pruitt's conversation with East Chicago residents might inspire him to act. O'Grady said buyouts and early retirements won't achieve that goal, because the math makes it unrealistic.

Upton wants to draw attention to the dangers of closing the office to stop it from happening.

Mikulka said that is not typical of administrators. The story prompted the union for EPA employees in the Great Lakes region to ask EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for a meeting when he was in the area. While visiting a Pennsylvania coal mine, Pruitt announced the new focus "means returning EPA to its core mission: protecting the environment by engaging with state, local, and tribal partners to create sensible regulations that enhance economic growth".

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