Prior to Pruitt's visit in East Chicago, about 50 environmental activists held a rally to protest cuts to the EPA and the forced evictions of residents of West Calumet. Although he himself has no power to enact this himself - that, of course, rests with the President - it's a depressing sign of the times in an increasingly anti-intellectual America. "And we air we breathe is contaminated", said Thomas Frank, a resident of the community of roughly 30,000 who lives near the Superfund site. Pruitt and his contemporaries have recently doubled-down on their anti-scientific claptrap.
Local residents are struggling with a lead contamination crisis that has left their unfiltered tap water undrinkable and forced hundreds of families to evacuate their homes due to toxic soil. Frank said though Pruitt listened carefully, he did not make concrete commitments about additional resources toward remediation efforts or other clean-up work. We call upon the EPA administrator.
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"The reason I'm here is because it's important that we restore confidence to the people here in this community that we're going to get it right", he said in a roughly 90-second statement to reporters.
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East Chicago residents say they're grateful for the NAACP's help.
Chanting crowds weaved through streets of East Chicago on Wednesday near a Superfund site.
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.
They are anxious Pruitt won't do enough to eradicate the problem because he and President Trump want to roll back environmental regulations.
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Security forces violently dispersed demonstrations in the months that followed, killing hundreds of protesters. Soon after the announcement, sirens wailed in parts of southern Israel alerting residents to a rocket attack.
Under the administration's plan, 3,000 EPA employees nationwide would lose their jobs.
But Pruitt did not address the topic while speaking briefly to the media following the meeting. The land we walk upon is contaminated. U.S. Reps. Raja Krishnamoorthi and Jan Schakowsky, both Illinois Democrats, joined employees at the press conference to emphasize their support for the union's fight to keep the office open.
According to the EPA release, which contained multiple statements from coal companies that will be benefiting from the new easements on environmental regulations, the "new direction" for the agency (a contradiction that employees and the public alike find confusing) will be focused on transferring responsibility for environmental to state and local partners.
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