The entire Trump enterprise is a gigantic environmental disaster, but who knew Vice President Mike Pence and his family were a walking superfund site all on their own. The Pence family legacy in Indiana isn’t the 200-plus stations that Pence says gave him growing up a “front row of the American dream.” It’s the hazardous waste sites—more than 85 of them scattered through Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois—and tens of millions of dollars it’s costing taxpayers to clean them up.
Indiana alone has spent at least $21 million on the cleanup thus far, or an average of about $500,000 per site, according an analysis of records by The Associated Press. And the work is nowhere near complete.
The federal government, meanwhile, plans to clean up a plume of cancer-causing solvent discovered beneath a former Kiel Bros. station that threatens drinking water near the Pence family’s hometown. […]
In a statement, Pence’s older brother Greg Pence — who was president of Kiel Bros. when it went bankrupt and is now running for Congress as a Republican — distanced himself from the cleanup costs.
“Greg Pence has had nothing to do with Kiel Bros since 2004. This is another attempt by the liberal media to rehash old, baseless attacks,” campaign spokeswoman Molly Gillaspie said.
There’s not a soul in this administration that’s not another goddamned grifter, leaving literal messes behind for the nation to clean up and making more of them.