EPA Seeks To Derail Cleanup Of Coal Power Plant Pollution

Last week, Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, traveled to Sycamore, Pennsylvania and, speaking before the coal miners at Harvey Mine, announced that the EPA would be advancing a "Back-to-Basics" agenda in the new administration. 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.

Cleanup efforts are underway.

"We are truly in the fight of our lives", she said.

Residents of a lead-contaminated public-housing complex in IN and environmental activists are protesting ahead of a visit by the head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Environmentalists believe limiting methane, a gas about 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide in trapping heat, is a low-hanging fruit in efforts to curb climate change.

In November 2015, under an agreement with the EPA, BNSF Railway and H. Kramer began removing lead-contaminated soil from two areas in the Pilsen neighborhood - a railway spur and alley behind the H. Kramer foundry and an area near Benito Juarez Community Academy.

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. It was listed on the "National Priorities List" of the worst contaminated hazardous waste sites in the country in 2009. The EPA workers union wants a separate meeting with Pruitt.

EPA spokesman J.P. Freire told CNN in an email: "Forget about the politics".

An executive order (EO) issued by Trump on March 28 includes a directive for EPA to immediately review regulations on energy sources, and then to either suspend, revise or rescind them. This year, IN will distribute filters to all residents IN Zones 2 and 3.

On April 7, Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Wood asked the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to hold the lead case in the dispute, API et al v. EPA et al, No. 13-1108, in abeyance until 30 days after the EPA completed the review called for in the EO.

In response to reports, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the administration's plan "would be harmful to the environment and public health in Chicago" and the entire Great Lake region, and "all of us living in our nation's heartland" should be outraged.

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.

East Chicago, around 25 miles (40 km) outside of Chicago, was home to the now defunct U.S. Smelter and Lead Refinery Inc which contaminated the facility and surrounding areas with lead and arsenic. The EPA's job is not to protect Scott Pruitt's friends in the oil and gas industry-it's to protect the health and safety of Americans, based on science.

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