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Trump's EPA to reconsider oil and gas emissions rule

20 April 2017

Closing two of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 10 regional offices could have "devastating" effects on Chicago, officials said, but the EPA is denying reports that the office responsible for monitoring clean air and water in the Great Lakes region will go anywhere.

If Pruitt opts to skip the baseball game, the union that represents the 1,000 employees in the EPA's Region 5 office, the American Federation of Government Employees Local 704, would want to discuss what it describes as "devastating cuts he and the Trump administration have proposed".

Lagunas said a 31 percent cut to the EPA's budget - which reportedly means 1 of 5 EPA employees would be laid off - would devastate the already cash-strapped agency.

Rumors have circulated Pruitt plans to cut the nearby Chicago EPA office and move it to Kansas, but a report stated he had no plans to visit the office and could instead attend a Cubs game. The land we walk upon is contaminated.

But what can we expect in a world where the EPA answers to the economic concerns of the very industries it should be monitoring? Also, Trump has proposed cutting the EPA's budget by 31 percent, nearly one-third, and eliminating more than 3,200 jobs, about 20 percent of the agency's workforce of 15,000. 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.

Eleven of the remaining families have found new homes and are in the process of moving, according to HUD.

Forty-four-year-old Demetra Turner says finding a solution is the fight of her life.

Later, during a rally outside Carrie Gosch Elementary School, Lopez said she sought testing at the Mayo Clinic that showed she has lead, arsenic and another toxic metal in her bones.

Associated Press writer Tom Davies in Indianapolis contributed to this report. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford) Eddis Marie Loving, of East Chicago, Ind., holds a sign as supporters and residents of East Chicago, Ind., rally near a public-housing complex Wednesday, April 19, 2017, ahead of a visit by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.

The people who live there are at risk of lead contamination at every turn.

Pruitt will be in the region on Wednesday to visit a lead contaminated housing complex in East Chicago, Indiana, just 30 minutes south of Chicago.

Environmentalists say USS Lead Superfund in East Chicago, Indiana, is the poster child of environmental injustice.

"Administrator Pruitt is focused on getting EPA back to the basics of protecting human health and the environment, and the Superfund program is a critical component of this", his office said in a statement.