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Re-Opened EPA Libraries Will not Be the Same

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) issued a press release analyzing the March 26 EPA Report to Congress. PEER Associate Director Carol Goldberg says, “EPA is approaching the task of restoring its libraries grudgingly and appears to be trying to get by doing the bare minimum,”

The press release says that the EPA report makes clear that:

  • Re-opened libraries would be limited to “core reference materials” and unspecified “resources to meet specific local needs.” The one exception is the Kansas City–based regional library whose collection had not yet been disbursed;
  • All EPA libraries will be operated under the direct control of a political appointee who will review whether requests for research materials and services “meet Network standards.” …
  • EPA is not indicating when, how or with whom it will consult in order to determine “stakeholder needs” that are supposed to guide services.

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