Donnelly Statement on East Chicago Emergency Declaration Donnelly said, “I want to thank the Governor for recognizing the gravity and seriousness of the situation in East Chicago, and I look forward to combining state and federal resources to help the....
PoliticalNews.me - Feb 14,2017 - Donnelly Statement on East Chicago Emergency Declaration
Washington, D.C. —U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly released the following statement after Governor Eric Holcomb announced his intention to declare a disaster emergency for the East Chicago USS Lead Superfund Site.
Donnelly said, “I want to thank the Governor for recognizing the gravity and seriousness of the situation in East Chicago, and I look forward to combining state and federal resources to help the residents living in the neighborhoods impacted by the Superfund site. It is vitally important that we keep our focus on assisting the impacted families in East Chicago.”
Donnelly has been working to address the lead crisis in East Chicago since first learning of it during the summer of 2016. Most recently, Donnelly, Senator Todd Young and Congressman Pete Visclosky sent a letter to President Trump asking for clarity following the report of EPA suspending communications in relation to EPA and HUD’s work to help families in East Chicago. Donnelly also sent a letter with Visclosky and then-Senator Dan Coats in November 2016 asking HUD to quickly review and approve emergency federal funding for East Chicago. In September 2016, Donnelly visited the West Calumet Housing Complex and met with impacted families. In August 2016, Donnelly spoke with then-HUD Secretary Julián Castro to follow up on the letter he and Visclosky sent to Castro and then-EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, urging them to devote time and attention to working with the city of East Chicago to enact a solution to protect the individuals living in the West Calumet Housing Complex.
Donnelly and his staff have been in regular contact with local, state, and federal officials, including HUD and EPA, both on the ground and in their regional and national offices. Donnelly received a commitment from Dr. Ben Carson in his confirmation hearing to keep East Chicago as a priority if he is confirmed as HUD Secretary.