Trump limits EPA’s power and speech

By: Savin Mattozzi ~Staff Writer~ The first two weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency brought with it a flurry of executive orders, restraints on federal agencies and the elimination of key issues from the official White House website. Within the scientific community, the most significant action came from the administration’s decision to halt federal funding of and all external communications within the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). “It’s a bit of a frustrating time to jump into an environmental scientist’s role becuase of … Continue reading Trump limits EPA’s power and speech

Toxic soil in East Chicago causes residents to vacate

By: Max Bruns ~Staff Writer~ Anthony Copeland, mayor of East Chicago, Ind., announced in July that the residents of West Calumet Housing Complex in Indiana must evacuate becasue of high levels of toxic lead in the soil. This was just three months after the Enviornmental Protection Agency (EPA) received word that the area’s soil had become highly toxic, according to the EPA’s acting regional administrator for the Great Lakes region Robert A. Kaplan. Kaplan said that in 2008, as the EPA sought Superfund status for the Lead Refinery Smelting Plant in the area, tests identified some “hot spots” in the … Continue reading Toxic soil in East Chicago causes residents to vacate