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. "Anyone stating anything to the contrary is spreading false information", he said.
Environmentalists say USS Lead Superfund in East Chicago, Indiana, is the poster child of environmental injustice. He met with residents and toured the complex where evacuations began previous year.
"Any attempt by this administration to close any US EPA regional office will further cripple environmental protection efforts, while also sending a clear signal to polluters to further contaminate the Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes, Puget Sound, as well as our rivers, streams and wetlands", said American Federation of Government Employees Local 704 President John O'Grady, whose union represents EPA employees.
Eleven of the remaining families have found new homes and are in the process of moving, according to HUD.
He toured a housing complex built on the Superfund site where around 1,000 residents had to leave their homes earlier this year due to lead contamination. We call upon the EPA administrator.
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. 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.
Residents and their supporters railed against any cuts at EPA and demanded action to ensure those affected by the lead crisis are made whole as they prepared Wednesday for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's visit.
"We can't drink the water". Housing officials said their goal is to move out all families by May.
Scott Pruitt, the EPA chief in the administration of Republican President Donald Trump, joined dozens of other states in challenging the rule when he was attorney general of oil-producing Oklahoma.
Resident Demetra Turner, 44, who left Chicago a decade ago for public housing in IN, said she was trying to find safe housing for the two children who live with her.
She said her organization wants to see the EPA do more to protect the East Chicago community. The land we walk upon is contaminated.
The Trump administration's proposed budget calls for a 31% cut to the budget, including cuts to the agency's environmental justice program. "Ultimately, city residents - including but not limited to Superfund site residents - need full replacement of their lead service lines at no or greatly reduced cost to them", she wrote.