Schakowsky Lauds EPA Region 5 Donation of PPE Stockpile

April 6, 2020
Press Release

EVANSTON, IL – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky lauded the recent news that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Region 5 has identified a stockpile of personal protective equipment (PPE). As the current coronavirus pandemic continues, PPE shortages are occurring at hospitals and other medical facilities all around the nation, and across Illinois.

“In my district and throughout the State of Illinois, emergency rooms, urgent care centers and nursing facilities are experiencing shortages of PPE, and we need find every way to get it to them,” said Congresswoman Schakowsky. “I applaud the employees of EPA’s Region 5, including many American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) members, for making sure this stockpile was brought to the attention of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials. I hope that FEMA can make sure this PPE is delivered promptly to the facilities in our region so that our brave frontline health care workers can be protected.”

Dorothy James, District 7 National Vice President of AFGE, stated, "During this crisis, AFGE members are showing their best qualities.  Members of AFGE Local 704 at the EPA have been instrumental in advocating for the EPA's surplus N95 masks to be used by front-line COVID-19 workers, including many AFGE members working for the VA, BOP, and TSA. Helping others in need is a reflection on these EPA workers, and their commitment to the EPA's mission of a healthy environment and public health. This is just one example of how AFGE members across the federal government are working to confront the coronavirus. We all benefit from their selflessness, and look to their solidarity to continue to set an example. We also thank Congresswoman Schakowsky and other Congressional leaders who are advocating the steps needed to save lives in this crisis."