Protesters march before EPA chief Indiana visit

Tammy Harvey
April 20, 2017

Noting his first tour of a superfund site since being appointed the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt promised new action for residents in the in city grappling with a lead contamination crisis.

Pruitt did not address the report of the possible office closure or how drastic budget cuts would impact the EPA's operations.

Residents and environmentalists are calling for more support and testing.

Last week EPA administrator Scott Pruitt announced he would seek to rewrite Obama-era rules limiting water pollution from coal-fired power plants. The EPA's proposed budget would cut grant programs to states, Loeb said, but would remove a level of oversight and enforcement from the federal agency.

Residents of the housing complex in IN were joined by environmental activists as they protested nearby before Pruitt arrived. They held signs saying, "East Chicago demands clean water", and "Living wages on a living planet".

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

Joe Donnelly and Todd Young, and East Chicago's mayor for closed-door meetings in an industrial corridor of in roughly 25 miles from downtown Chicago.

"We must not turn our backs on the safety, health, and future of the Great Lakes", Upton said.

"EPA is focusing on getting results by improving environmental conditions and human health in places like East Chicago", EPA spokesman J.P. Freire said in a statement. Officials say two dozen families remain at the 45-year-old complex, built on a site once occupied by a lead-products factory. 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.

Forty-four-year-old Demetra Turner says finding a solution is the fight of her life. One was arrested after attempting to bring 3 grams and a pipe through a security checkpoint at an Internal Revenue Service facility, and another was said to have marijuana growing in her residence. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford) Residents of East Chicago, Ind., and supporters rally near a public-housing complex Wednesday, April 19, 2017, ahead of a visit by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.

The EPA administrator reportedly toured the lead-contaminated areas of the city by auto and then attended a meeting later in the day with state and local officials at the city's Carrie Gosch Elementary School.

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