EPA seeks to scuttle cleanup of coal power plant pollution

EPA seeks to scuttle cleanup of coal power plant pollution

Acting Regional Administrator Robert Kaplan dismissed the reports and reassured staff once again on Wednesday.

Pruitt visited the complex and the adjacent residential neighborhood that make up what's known as the USS Lead Superfund site. "He should sit down with the EPA employees and answer their questions about how these cuts will impact their work, and the environment".

Speaking to Fox & Friends last Friday morning, Pruitt claimed once again that the groundbreaking climate change mitigation pact - one that virtually every single other nation on Earth has vowed to adhere to with or without the help of the United States - is a "bad deal" for his country.

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"I'm pleased with him making this his first visit and our collaboration will continue and we'll get this right and we won't leave until we do", said Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb. But it is not the EPA's job, as correctly noted by Pruitt, to create unrealistic rules aimed at harming the economy and killing jobs. Rumors of the office's closure prompted the union and elected officials to hold a press conference Wednesday, speaking out against any cuts.

The President's budget includes a directive for closing of two of the 10 EPA regional offices, but the official said no decision has been made about which offices.

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They said they've only gotten "non-denials" in response. He said though the agency has focused on efficiency by cutting down on space and resources, there have been no talks of closing the Region 5 office.

"African Americans serve as the canaries in the mine, yet today we are seeing that those mines exist in our communities where toxic poisons are ignored, only because they have yet to reach the rest of America", NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks said in a statement issued Tuesday.

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". We call upon the EPA administrator.

Prior to Pruitt's meeting with state officials, the NAACP called on the EPA to do more to help affected residents. "The fact that he came here to tour the superfund site, that means a lot", Lopez said.

East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland said he invited Pruitt to the city in early March. Tara Adams, who is one of the last remaining residents of the West Calumet complex, says residents haven't received the attention they deserve.