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Crackdown on East Chicago air polluter stalls under Trump EPA

By Michael Hawthorne, Chicago Tribune
July 24, 2017

During a stop in East Chicago three months ago, Scott Pruitt vowed that cleaning up the low-income, predominantly African-American and Latino city would be one of his top priorities as head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

But as contractors spend the summer digging up dozens of contaminated yards near abandoned industrial sites in the Northwest Indiana city, the EPA has stalled its crackdown on a company still operating nearby that is a major contributor to chronically dirty air in the community and the broader Chicago area.

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