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Trump's EPA to reconsider oil and gas emissions rule

Trump's EPA to reconsider oil and gas emissions rule

Eric Holcomb, a Republican, and Mayor Anthony Copeland, a Democrat, accompanied Pruitt, who toured the site and heard from residents.

Columnist Michael Sneed for the Chicago Sun-Times quoted an unnamed "city source" in reporting today that President Donald Trump's administration could be looking at closing the Chicago regional office as part of its budget cuts to the EPA and consolidating operations near Kansas City.

"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.

Pruitt did not respond to the question when asked Wednesday.

Residents of the housing complex in IN were joined by environmental activists as they protested nearby before Pruitt arrived.

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials on Tuesday denied reports the agency will close the office in Chicago that oversees regional environmental protection efforts including the Flint, Michigan drinking water clean-up and Great Lakes restoration.

The Sierra Club said Wednesday that employees at the EPA Region 5 headquarters in Chicago were "stood up by Pruitt, in spite of their invitation for their own boss to have lunch with them".

"All attempts to defund EPA's EJ program should not only be stopped, but support for this long-underfunded program must be exponentially increased" to avoid future cases of toxic contamination similar to what occurred in East Chicago, Flint, Michigan, and Eight Mile, Alabama, the NAACP said in its list of demands. In his speech to Pennsylvania miners, Administrator Pruitt explained that the EPA would be partnering with states and tribes to ensure a "thoughtful approach is used to maximize resources to protect America's air, land, and water".

The EPA began conducting soil tests at the site in late 2009 and finally reached a consent decree with the liable companies in 2014.

Forty-four-year-old Demetra Turner says finding a solution is the fight of her life. But his #Back2Basics plans for the EPA, which includes rolling back regulations for companies, would lead to additional problems in East Chicago.

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One week ago, the local chapter of the NAACP said it invited Pruitt to a roundtable discussion on environmental justice, which happened Wednesday morning.

Last month's revelation that the White House wants to slash the EPA budget by nearly a third sent a shock through the industry, and now details are leaking out about how those cuts might be accomplished.

"There's the old saying, 'do more with less, ' but that's not a real physical possibility", said Lagunas, a veteran and University Village resident.

The labor union representing Environmental Protection Agency workers at a regional office reportedly on the chopping block are asking for a meeting with the agency's administrator this week.

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