Magazine article American Libraries

EPA Allegedly Plans to Reduce Access to Online Publications

Magazine article American Libraries

EPA Allegedly Plans to Reduce Access to Online Publications

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According to internal e-mails obtained by the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), a national alliance of federal and state environmental-resource professionals, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is planning to remove from its libraries online access to various technical journals and environmental publications. Among the subscriptions allegedly targeted for cancellation are online newsletters supplied by commercial publisher Inside EPA (including the Superfund Report and the Clean Air Report) and Greenwire, which alone recorded over 125,000 hits from EPA staff in 2005.

However, Craig Hooks, acting deputy assistant administrator for the EPA's Office for Environmental Information, told American Libraries that the agency would continue to offer the Inside EPA special reports, but added that the EPA's Working Capital Fund Board had "recently sought to reduce redundancy" and made changes in the number of publications the agency libraries carried.

The controversy arose in the wake of EPA library closures in Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, and Washington, as well as significant cuts in hours and staff at other regional libraries (AL, Oct., p. 8). The shutdowns are a result of President Bush's proposed agency-wide budget reduction of $100 million in FY2007, which began in October but must still be approved by Congress.

"This makes no sense," said an anonymous EPA researcher in the October 1 issue of Environmental Science and Technology. …

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