EPA to reduce workforce with buyouts, early retirement plan

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Beyond that, the "basics" of the original authorization seem to suggest that the EPA would be establishing, enforcing, providing research for, and enabling others to comply with policies meant to protect the environment - just as many laypeople expect it should.

"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", Pruitt said.

During a meeting Wednesday with residents of East Chicago's lead-contaminated neighborhoods, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt countered reports that the EPA intends to close its regional office in Chicago.

Cleanup efforts are underway. Crews are replacing underground lead water pipelines. Some 330 were living there when the mayor called last summer for residents to be relocated. Officials began evacuating the 45-year-old complex, built on a site previously occupied by a lead-products factory, after soil tests found some yards with lead levels over 70 times the USA safety standard.

"It has caused extraordinary economic damage, extraordinary physical damage", Donnelly said.

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"We can't drink the water".

"There was no back and forth", Frank said.

Protesters snaked through streets of the largely black and Latino community where more than one-third of the residents live in poverty.

Chanting crowds weaved through streets of East Chicago; some held signs that read "East Chicago Demands Clean Water".

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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Forty-four-year-old Demetra Turner says finding a solution is the fight of her life. "Instead of looking backwards to review well-reasoned rules based on clear science, the administration should be moving forward", and extend methane limits, she said.

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The soil at the West Calumet housing complex in East Chicago, Indiana, contains high levels of lead and arsenic, putting all residents in danger.

"He categorically denied that they had any plans to do that", said Thomas Frank, one of five East Chicago residents who met with Pruitt on Wednesday. Pruitt was scheduled to to tour the complex where roughly 1,000 people were ordered evacuated because of lead contamination.

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. Pruitt said the EPA will take steps to restore the public's confidence, but he did not offer specifics.

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