EPA seeks to derail cleanup of coal power plant pollution

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.

"They made pleas for assistance, for help", he said.

"We're the front line".

In 2014, "the US EPA paid incentives of about $11.3 million to get 456 employees to voluntarily leave the agency, plus accumulated annual leave payments of $4.9 million, for a total of $16.2 million", O'Grady said.

Others plan to take their message for Pruitt to the streets.

The NAACP also has several events planned.

Republican Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb on February 9 issued a 30-day executive order declaring a state of emergency in the Superfund site and later extended the order an additional 30 days. Pruitt is the first EPA administrator to visit the site, according to EPA officials. Todd Young, both Republicans, as well as the local U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky and Sen.

The EPA's plan to retest a significant number of gasoline and diesel-engined USA market vehicles in the wake of the Volkswagen diesel scandal is facing a serious problem: funding.

Administrator Scott Pruitt will join IN leaders including Gov. Eric Holcomb IN East Chicago. Some 330 were living there when the mayor called last summer for residents to be relocated.

EPA says no level of lead in water is safe, and recently recommended residents should assume they have lead lines and use a certified water filter. "EPA's rule reflects a stunningly unbalanced approach to regulation".

"The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards has already had far-reaching and costly impacts not only on our industry but on many states and their citizens whose assurance of reliable electricity supply has been cast in doubt by this rule", the group has argued.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt stated, "This action is another example of EPA implementing President Trump's vision of being good stewards of our natural resources, while not developing regulations that hurt our economy and kill jobs".

"The East Chicago emerging drinking water crisis shows how fraught Pruitt's scheme really is for public health". Some held signs that read "East Chicago Demands Clean Water".

In all three cases, the EPA is considering rewriting the regulations.

On March 24 the Utility Water Group petitioned the agency through court to reconsider the rule.

There has been no reports on the second EPA regional office that the Trump administration may consider dissolving.

"The alleged closure was just a hoax - there's no information whatsoever that supports these rumors", EPA spokesman J.P. Freire said. The land we walk upon is contaminated. "And a lot of times, it's too late [at that point]".

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