EPA CLOSES LIBRARIES
EPA Library Closings Limit Researchers’ Access to Information
Update: After a public outcry from UCS activists, EPA unions, Congress, and others, EPA stopped and began to reassess its library plan. Read more about the fight to reopen the libraries.
In summer 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) moved swiftly to implement a plan to close large parts of its network of 27 libraries, potentially putting decades worth of valuable information beyond the reach of government scientists and independent researchers.¹Far from fighting a presidential budget request that included an 80 percent cut to its library funding, the EPA began shuttering its research libraries weeks earlier than the October 1 beginning of its fiscal year, and even before the budget cuts had been authorized by Congress. One consequence of these closings is that EPA employees will find it more difficult to do their job of protecting the environment and public health.