Scott Pruitt to East Chicago Residents: Chicago EPA Office Not Closing

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday would not address rumors about whether Chicago's regional office would be closed - even as the head of that office issued a memo calling the reports "pure speculation".

"If true, this report is shocking and I would strongly oppose the closing of the Region 5 office", Upton said in a prepared statement Monday, April 17.

The EPA's objective is to come in and make sure people's health is protected, and that their land and health are secure in the long run, Pruitt said.

Making things worse, when the EPA tested residents' tap water [PDF] a year ago, 40 percent of the homes showed high levels of lead due to a separate problem of insufficient use of corrosion control in water pipes.

The Natural Resources Defense Council told CNN that Pruitt has yet to respond to its request for more EPA assistance and oversight in the lead problem in East Chicago's drinking water.

Residents of the housing complex in IN were joined by environmental activists as they protested nearby before Pruitt arrived.

McDonald's employee recognized Steve Stephens as he was ordering at drive-thru
Stephens s photo had gone up on billboards and more than 400 tips had poured in before the suspect was spotted in Pennsylvania. Regarding the chilling video, Williams said Tuesday, "This is something that should not have been shared around the world.

Roughly 1,000 people were ordered evacuated from the housing complex because of lead contamination.

The pair joined other state and federal officials, including Senators Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Todd Young (R-Ind)., meeting with East Chicago officials and community leaders.

And though the administration lifted its hiring freeze for federal agencies, the EPA will keep its hiring freeze in place with limited exceptions and there may be "internal reassignments", according to the memo. Officials say two dozen families remain at the 45-year-old complex, which was built on a site once occupied by a lead-products factory. "We certainly call upon the president to take these reforms and weave them together in the context and on the back of an executive order for environmental justice", Brooks said. 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.

Brooks, surrounded by members of the NAACP, the Twin City Ministerial Alliance, the East Chicago/Calumet Coalition Community Advisory Group and the Community Strategy Group, laid out a list of demands.

Forty-four-year-old Demetra Turner says finding a solution is the fight of her life.

Later, during a rally outside Carrie Gosch Elementary School, Lopez said she sought testing at the Mayo Clinic that showed she has lead, arsenic and another toxic metal in her bones. But as Politico reports, Scott Pruitt's moves to destroy the EPA certainly are costing some jobs.

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