Protesters march before EPA chief IN visit

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Wednesday it would reconsider a rule on emissions from oil and gas operations and delay its implementation, marking the Trump administration's latest effort to dismantle Obama-era environmental regulations.

The Trump administration's proposed budget calls for a 31% cut to the budget, including cuts to the agency's environmental justice program.

Pruitt reportedly is expected to attend a Chicago Cubs baseball game rather than meet with employees from the office, which could be consolidated with the agency's Region 7 office in Kansas.

There have been discussions about eliminating "excess office space" to save money, but no talk of shutting the office, Kaplan said in the memo, a copy of which Reuters obtained. "Anyone stating anything to the contrary is spreading false information", he said. The EPA provided a copy of the email from Kaplan, who is not a Trump political appointee, to ThinkProgress. Officials say two dozen families remain at the 45-year-old complex, built on a site once occupied by a lead-products factory.

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.

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

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The site includes part of the former USS Lead facility along with nearby commercial, municipal and residential areas, including the West Calumet public housing complex.

EPA coordinator Brad Benning stands in front of an EPA office in East Chicago.

A year ago approximately 1,000 residents in the West Calumet Housing Complex were ordered to relocate, the report said.

"There are proven, low-priced ways to capture methane instead of letting it pollute our air, and the last administration put in place standards to make sure we do just that", Michelle Robinson, a director at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said in a press statement after the news. The land we walk upon is contaminated. Pruitt is the first EPA administrator to visit the site, according to EPA officials.

"As it stands, what matters is not the photo ops or the visits". Lead in water and lead in soil are not related, and EPA has said that if up to 90 percent of the city's water lines are lead, all residents should use a certified filter.

The pair joined other state and federal officials, including Senators Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Todd Young (R-Ind)., meeting with East Chicago officials and community leaders. The Agency's press release quoted Pruitt saying: "I'm focused on getting EPA back to the basics of protecting human health and the environment, and one of my top priorities is delivering real results for the people of East Chicago'".

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