Peters statement on reported potential closure of EPA Region 5 Office

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt says he's committed to restoring confidence in the in community where about 1,000 residents were ordered evacuated from a lead-contaminated public housing complex.

Barbara Bolling-Williams, state president of the IN branch of the NAACP, said she is cautiously optimistic following Pruitt's visit, but added that his visit comes with the threat of "a skinnier EPA budget, fewer regulations - and rumors Chicago's regional EPA office could be shut down looms IN the background".

Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), speaks to employees of the agency in Washington, U.S., February 21, 2017. 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.

Unfortunately, the Pruitt-Trump budget would also cut the EPA's enforcement office by 31 percent, letting many corporate polluters off the hook. Pruitt visited "to discuss cleanup and hear directly from East Chicago residents affected by contamination in their community", the agency said in a press release. Not only are the Great Lakes a source of clean drinking water for over 40 million people, but they play a critical role in our economy - from shipping and commerce to tourism and travel. Joseph, said he would strongly oppose the closing of the Environmental Protection Agency's Chicago-based Region 5 Office, responding to a report that the federal government is considering the closure.

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. Lead in water and lead in soil are not related, and EPA has said that if up to 90 percent of the city's water lines are lead, all residents should use a certified filter.

"All attempts to defund EPA's EJ program should not only be stopped, but support for this long-underfunded program must be exponentially increased" to avoid future cases of toxic contamination similar to what occurred in East Chicago, Flint, Michigan, and Eight Mile, Alabama, the NAACP said in its list of demands. Officials say two dozen families remain at the 45-year-old complex, built on a site once occupied by a lead-products factory.

"We can't drink the waters".

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.

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