EPA chief to tour lead-contaminated Indiana housing complex


Instead of an executive order rolling back regulations requiring corporations to prevent contaminating the air, water and soil, Trump should issue an executive order protecting the residents of "Main Street" who are dealing with the consequences of lax environmental regulations, Brooks said.

Residents and their supporters railed against any cuts at EPA and demanded action to ensure those affected by the lead crisis are made whole as they prepared Wednesday for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's visit.

Trump's budget plan would slash the Environmental Protection Agency's budget by almost a third, including reductions for the agency's enforcement and compliance office and ending the $300 million-a-year Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, among other regional efforts.

The EPA is already working with limited resources, and significant cuts in Chicago would likely prevent the agency from new testing in Pilsen, an industrious neighborhood that has been home to lead paint factories, brass smelters, coal plants and today, a metal shredder, Hernandez said.

The Sun-Times' Michael Sneed reports that the Chicago office could be consolidated with one in Kansas.

On Friday, Politico reported that federal budget cuts will likely hit the EPA hard, and the budget instructs the EPA to identify two regional offices for closure by June 15.

Pruitt has been the main proponent of the Trump administration's proposed 31 percent across-the-board EPA cuts, the union said.

Roughly 1,000 people were ordered evacuated from the housing complex because of lead contamination. "We've been there. That's why we have an EPA".

Previous year approximately 1,000 residents in the West Calumet Housing Complex were ordered to relocate, the report said. Union leaders called for a Wednesday meeting with Pruitt, who as Oklahoma's attorney general sued the EPA more than a dozen times to challenge regulations opposed by the fossil fuels industry. Thirteen other families are appealing their relocation offers from the city housing authority or have been given notice to move. John O'Grady, president of AFGE National Council of EPA Locals #238, said in a statement that this kind of program is better for smaller reductions in the workforce, and that this program "will not get the Administration where it wants to go - the utter deconstruction of the US EPA". 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.