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[GreenYes] FW: [GreenYes] EPA Closing Headquarters Library

If they were going to instead offer online all the resources in question, I
would not mind so much (that way even those without a computer & internet at
home or work could go access the digital documents at their local public
library. But to simply remove them all from public and staff access without
even a glimmer of a plan to provide some sort of alternative access?

It?s ironic to me that EPA has been preaching increased access and
transparency to the various environment agencies in developing countries (at
least Latin America and the Caribbean), while they appear to be headed in
the opposite direction?


Sr. Keith E. Ripley

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From: GreenYes@no.address [mailto:GreenYes@no.address] On Behalf
Of Gary Liss
Sent: Friday, September 22, 2006 7:17 PM
To: crra_members@no.address; GreenYes@no.address
Subject: [GreenYes] EPA Closing Headquarters Library

From: "Stephanie Barger" <stephanie.barger@no.address>
To: "'Gary Liss'" <gary@no.address>
Subject: FW: EPA Closing Headquarters Library, ENS 9-22-06
Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2006 16:11:03 -0700
Organization: Earth Resource Foundation

This should alarm EVERYONE!!!

EPA Closing Headquarters Library

WASHINGTON, DC, September 22, 2006 (ENS) - The U.S. Environmental Protection
(EPA) is closing its Headquarters Library to the public, as well as its own
staff, effective October 1. The decision, formally announced Wednesday in a
Federal Register notice, cites lack of funding for the closure.

The Headquarters Library collection contains 380,000 documents on
microfiche, including technical reports produced by EPA and its predecessor
agencies, a microforms collection that includes back files of abstracts and
indexes, 5,500 hard copy EPA documents, as well as more than 16,000 books
and technical reports produced by government agencies other than EPA.

This shutdown is the latest in a series of agency library closures during
the past few weeks, government watchdogs said, and as with the other library
collections, the books, reports and research monographs in the EPA
Headquarters Library have been boxed up and are currently inaccessible to

"EPA is busily crating up and locking away its institutional memory,"
said Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility Executive Director
Jeff Ruch, noting that more than 10,000 EPA scientists and other specialists
are protesting the library closures as hindering their ability to do their
jobs. "Despite its 'Don't Worry, Be Happy' public statements, EPA has no
coherent plan let alone a timetable for making these collections available."

The agency has not said when any of the materials at the library will again
become available to its staff or the public either via the Internet or
through inter-library loans. It has no dedicated funds for digitizing hard
copies, making microfiche available online or re-cataloguing the tens of
thousands of documents that will be relocated to large storage areas called
"information repositories."

Ruch criticized EPA for failing to at least issue public notice for its
closures of its regional libraries in Chicago, Dallas and Kansas City. The
three libraries provide services for the general public in 15 states and 109
tribal nations.

But the library closures have generated interest from Congress and House
Democrats have asked the Government Accountability Office to investigate the
effects that the EPA library closures will have on access to environmental
information and the impacts on scientific research, regulatory quality and
enforcement capability.

* * *

Gary Liss
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