Congressman Tim Ryan Responds to Reports that Trump Administration Will Seek To Close Chicago EPA Office
Youngstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan today responded to reports from the Chicago Sun Times that the Trump Administration is planning to close the Chicago-based Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 office and consolidating it with Region 7 in Kansas. The Region 5 office has responsibility for local and state matters in Ohio as well as Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. The office also oversees the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
“Reports in the Chicago Sun Times suggesting that the Trump Administration is considering shuttering the EPA Region 5 office are deeply concerning. President Trump’s request to zero out funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in his first budget proposal were bad enough, now he’s adding insult to injury by potentially eliminating the very office tasked with managing the program. The Great Lakes are a vital resource and strategic advantage and it’s critical that we do everything in our power to safeguard their health and well-being. Lake Erie alone supports more than 117,000 full time jobs and provides clean drinking water to approximately 3 million Ohioans. I hope these reports are false, but if they are true, I will do everything in my power to stop this attack on the Midwest and the Great Lakes region,” said Congressman Ryan.
Congressman Tim Ryan authored legislation to require the EPA to appoint a coordinator to address the issue of harmful algal blooms in the Great Lakes. The legislation passed the House of Representatives in April of 2016. Congressman Ryan was joined by a bipartisan group of members, including: Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH-9), Marcia Fudge (D-OH-11), Jim Renacci (R-OH-16), David Joyce (R-OH-14), Joyce Beatty (D-OH-3), Peter Visclosky (D-ID-1), Chris Collins (R-NY-27).