Sci-tech

EPA to reduce workforce with buyouts, early retirement plan

EPA to reduce workforce with buyouts, early retirement plan

Joseph, said he would strongly oppose the closing of the Environmental Protection Agency's Chicago-based Region 5 Office, responding to a report that the federal government is considering the closure. The school was closed in 2016 due to high levels of lead on school grounds and is located near the West Calumet Housing Complex in East Chicago, which is scheduled for demolition. "Ultimately, city residents - including but not limited to Superfund site residents - need full replacement of their lead service lines at no or greatly reduced cost to them", she wrote.

Brooks also cited concerns about rumors the administration also might be considering eliminating two of EPA's regional offices, including the Region 5 office that now is overseeing cleanup efforts in East Chicago.

"The reason I'm here is because it is important that we restore confidence to the people here in this community that we are going to get it right going forward", Pruitt told the media after meeting with residents and lawmakers.

But superfund site resident Maritza Lopez welcomed Pruitt's visit.

"I think that if the head of the EPA is traveling anywhere in the region as a matter of courtesy, we've always seen that the administrator would come to the local office and meet with the staff", he said.

While Pruitt's visit was welcomed by officials in this small, industrial and Democratic-dominated city, he drew criticism from the union representing EPA workers. 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.

Scott Pruitt walked out of a news conference without taking questions after he and other elected officials discussed their visit to a Superfund cleanup site at a lead-contaminated public-housing complex.

They said they've only gotten "non-denials" in response.

Pruitt toured the complex with IN officials, including Gov. Eric Holcomb and Sen.

NAACP President Cornell Williams Brooks said Pruitt and Gov. Eric Holcomb arrived Wednesday to address an environmental crisis "40 years in the making" in East Chicago, but President Donald Trump's budget plan contemplates gutting the EPA.

"We are truly in the fight of our lives", she said. They held signs saying, "East Chicago demands clean water", and "Living wages on a living planet". Despite thousands of protesters and a temporary stay, the pipeline began transporting oil at the end of last month.

The EPA will now review and reconsider revisions on effluent limitations made under the Clean Water Act under the Obama administration in 2015, Pruitt said. The EPA works to not only safeguard the environment, but also protect the public's health, he said.


  • US concerned Venezuela not allowing opposition to be heard: Tillerson

    Chavez himself survived a brief coup in 2002, and accused the United States of trying to subvert him. MARGARET WARNER: The Maduro regime is also under pressure from its Latin American neighbors.

    US accuses Iran of "alarming provocations" amid nuke tensions

    In his letter to Ryan, Tillerson said that " Iran remains a leading state sponsor of terror through many platforms and methods". But after he took office, the U.S. president has not yet explicitly said he would pull out from the historic agreement.

    Russia: Talks with USA won't lead to immediate action

    More than 80 people were killed in what the US has described as a nerve gas attack that Assad's forces undoubtedly carried out. The Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday that those strikes were not as effective as the United States claims.
  • Oil markets on path to recovery due to Opec deal

    The dollar index, which tracks the greenback against six major peers, was up 0.23 percent at 99.731 in late trading on Wednesday. Gasoline stocks were up by 1.5 million barrels, compared with expectations in a Reuters poll for a 1.9 million-barrel drop.

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol

    Think the Avengers assembled at a diner eating sluggishly in 2012, or Baby Groot dancing to the Jackson 5 in the original GotG . Most Marvel Studios films have one or two scenes, usually with one in the middle of credits and one at the end.

    North Korea says its 'swords drawn'

    In his annual New Year's address, Kim said that North Korea's preparations for an ICBM launch have "reached the final stage". Six-nation negotiations on dismantling North Korea's nuclear program in exchange for aid fell apart in early 2009.
  • Nervous about China, Southeast Asia gets Trump's attention

    The group's summit and related meetings will be held in Manila next week, the last week of April. Paynor said the President is expected to have at least two bilateral meetings on the sidelines.

    Fresno gunman gave blow-by-blow account of triple killing

    He said his friend, who left behind two preschoolers and a wife in Clovis, would not want people to feel anger toward the shooter. Muhammad has posted on social media a dislike for white people and government officials, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said .

    SC allows NDMC to E- auction Taj Mansingh Hotel

    The ASG said all preparations for e-auction had been done and the process could be initiated within a fortnight. The Supreme Court (SC) on 20 April 2017 approved the e-auction of Taj Mansingh Hotel in Delhi.
  • First 'Game of Thrones' Season 7 Photos Released

    HBO has released the first images from the premiere of the upcoming seventh season of the hit series Game of Thrones . These new photos show Dany, as well as Tyrion Lannister, Varys, Missandei and Grey Worm, back on land.

    Nicki Minaj criticised over Westminster Bridge scenes in No Frauds video

    The Sun and other British news outlets reported that after the deadly attack, the footage would be removed. After the attack, the U.S. rapper wrote: "May God protect everyone in London.

    EU Commission says Turkey must investigate referendum doubts

    The YSK said an official complaint would be filed regarding election officials failing to stamp the ballot papers and envelopes. But it said that had failed to happen, and that evidence of irregularities had therefore not been properly archived.