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EPA chief and HUD Secretary invited to visit East Chicago families impacted by lead

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U.S. Sens. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., and Todd Young, R-Ind., along with U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, have invited the EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carlson to visit with families impacted in East Chicago impacted by the U.S. Steel Lead Superfund site.

“The request from Donnelly, Young, and Visclosky is part of their ongoing efforts to help more than 1,000 residents affected by the dangerous environmental contamination in the soil of the site,” the three said in a joint statement released on Thursday. “During the nomination process, both Pruitt and Carson committed to place a priority on assisting the impacted East Chicago families.”

Pruitt has been newly confirmed in his position as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Carson, in his as Secretary of the Housing and Urban Development. Donnelly and Young both voted on Thursday to confirm Carson.

An excerpt from the legislators’ letter to Pruitt and Carson:

“We think that visiting with the residents in the impacted areas to get a first-hand perspective of the challenges facing the community will help you as you lead your agencies’ response efforts. In recent months, hundreds of Hoosier families in the West Calumet Housing Complex have been uprooted from their homes and some are still searching for new residences. Children from the area have tested positive for dangerous levels of lead in their blood and the area’s residents now have to worry how their own backyards are impacting their families’ health. It is a situation that needs continued assistance from the federal government.

“Visiting with the residents is the best way to understand the difficulties facing the community. We believe that hearing directly from those experiencing the confusion of leaving their homes and worrying about the potential long-term health effects from lead contamination will be helpful as the agencies you lead respond to this environmental disaster.”



Posted 3/3/2017





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