Dec 28, 2007

Congress directs EPA to restore library services

Congress set aside $3 million, as part of an omnibus appropriations bill sent to President Bush this month, for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to re-open its libraries and restore its library services. The EPA began closing its libraries in 2006, including many of its regional libraries, its headquarters library in Washington, D.C., and some of its more specialized technical libraries, such as a unique library dedicated to the effects of pesticides and new chemicals. Many librarians and EPA scientists were concerned about the effect library closings would have on pollution and environmental policy enforcement. The EPA libraries serve the agency's specialists, scientists and technicians, as well as academic institutions and the public.