EPA to reduce workforce with buyouts, early retirement plan

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency toured an IN public-housing complex on Wednesday where roughly 1,000 people were ordered evacuated because of lead contamination, his first visit to a Superfund site that some environmental advocates called a major leadership test.

The leader of the Environmental Protection Agency is scheduled to tour an IN public-housing complex where roughly 1,000 people were ordered evacuated because of lead contamination.

The Trump administration is allegedly planning to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Chicago, a regional office that oversees six states that comprise the Great Lakes.

They are anxious Pruitt won't do enough to eradicate the problem because he and President Trump want to roll back environmental regulations.

Politico has already reported that President Trump's budget chief, Mick Mulvaney, singled out the EPA as a particular target for budget cuts and the EPA was to identify two regional offices for closure by June 15.

Chanting crowds weaved through streets of East Chicago on Wednesday near a Superfund site.

"Closing the EPA's regional office is misguided and would jeopardize federal resources to help Flint recover from the water crisis and protect the Great Lakes from harm", Kildee said. 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.

A year ago approximately 1,000 residents in the West Calumet Housing Complex were ordered to relocate, the report said. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who was confirmed in February, is visiting the Superfund site this week, Kaplan said. Thirteen other families are appealing their relocation offers from the city housing authority or have been given notice to move.

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.

Several other EPA employees have been caught drinking and growing marijuana at work.

The hypocrisy of it all hasn't been lost on community activists who fought for years to try to protect East Chicago children living atop a toxic Superfund site from lead poisoning. "Instead of looking backwards to review well-reasoned rules based on clear science, the administration should be moving forward", and extend methane limits, she said. Trump administration's proposed budget for fiscal year 2018 would cut EPA funding 31 percent, the biggest planned cut for any federal agency.

Trump issued another executive order in early March asking the EPA to repeal and replace the Clean Water Rule, also known as the Waters of the U.S. rule.

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