Saturday, January 13, 2007

Union of Concerned Scientists: The EPA Closes Its Libraries, Destroys Documents

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has begun closing its nationwide network of scientific libraries, effectively preventing EPA scientists and the public from accessing vast amounts of data and information on issues from toxicology to pollution. Several libraries have already been dismantled, with their contents either destroyed or shipped to repositories where they are uncataloged and inaccessible.
Members of Congress have asked the EPA to cease and desist. Please call EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson at (202) 564-4700 and tell him that scientists and the public should retain access to this information. Urge him to immediately halt the dismantling of the library system until Congress approves the EPA budget and all materials are readily available online.
Please Note: We've received reports that some EPA receptionists are denying closing the libraries and destroying documents, telling UCS supporters that UCS is spreading misinformation, and claiming that they are simply restructuring and modernizing the system. They're also saying that it is more effective to call Congress about this issue. Click here for evidence of why these arguments don’t hold water.
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