"If true, this report is shocking and I would strongly oppose the closing of the Region 5 office", Upton said in a prepared statement Monday, April 17.

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.

Last week, Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, traveled to Sycamore, Pennsylvania and, speaking before the coal miners at Harvey Mine, announced that the EPA would be advancing a "Back-to-Basics" agenda in the new administration. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to travel in the region this week, Kaplan added.

During the "reconsideration process", the agency is placing a 90-day stay on oil and gas companies compliance on the rule, which was one of several rules President Donald Trump asked the EPA to review in an executive order last month.

Residents of the complex and environmental activists protested ahead of his visit.

The rule would have required utilities by next year to cut the amounts of toxic heavy metals in the wastewater piped from their plants into rivers and lakes often used as sources of drinking water.

EPA officials in Chicago and Washington did not immediately respond to questions about the report.

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Joe Donnelly and Todd Young, and East Chicago's mayor for closed-door meetings in an industrial corridor of in roughly 25 miles from downtown Chicago.

And though the administration lifted its hiring freeze for federal agencies, the EPA will keep its hiring freeze in place with limited exceptions and there may be "internal reassignments", according to the memo.

Chanting crowds weaved through streets of East Chicago; some held signs that read "East Chicago Demands Clean Water". Housing officials said their goal is to move out all families by May.

"Pruitt, "made commitments that we would have it right", Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly said".

"We can't drink the waters. And we air we breathe is contaminated", said Thomas Frank, a resident of the community of roughly 30,000 who lives near the Superfund site.

"Paris is something that we need to really look at closely", he said. 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'". 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.


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