Shuttered EPA Libraries opened doors yesterday after two years

October 1st, 2008

A news release from watchdog organization Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility reflects a lot of battling by library organizations, PEER, and concerned scientists:

"Under orders from Congress, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will again provide access to library services in 15 states and its own headquarters to agency employees and the public. This ends a 30-month campaign by the Bush administration to restrict availability of technical materials within EPA but leaves in its wake scattered and incomplete collections under new political controls of library operations," says Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

On September 30th, the last day of the federal fiscal year, EPA reopened its regional libraries in Chicago (serving the Great Lakes region), Dallas (Mid-Southern region) and Kansas City (Mid-Western region) after more than two years. In addition, a long-shuttered library in EPA Headquarters reopened, including a small portion of holdings from what had been a free-standing Chemical Library, for research on the properties and effects of new chemicals, as a 'special Chemical Collection.'"