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EPA Closes Libraries, Destroys Documents

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has begun closing its nationwide network of scientific libraries, effectively preventing EPA scientists and the public from accessing vast amounts of data and information on issues from toxicology to pollution. Several libraries have already been dismantled, with their contents either destroyed or shipped to repositories where they are uncatalogued and inaccessible.
Evidence:  http://ucsaction.org/ct/a1eK2VM1-zhI/
Take Action:  link to ucsaction.org


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has begun closing its nationwide network of scientific libraries, effectively preventing EPA scientists and the public from accessing vast amounts of data and information on issues from toxicology to pollution. Several libraries have already been dismantled, with their contents either destroyed or shipped to repositories where they are uncataloged and inaccessible.

Members of Congress have asked the EPA to cease and desist. Please call EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson at (202) 564-4700 and tell him that scientists and the public should retain access to this information. Urge him to immediately halt the dismantling of the library system until Congress approves the EPA budget and all materials are readily available online.

Background

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains a nationwide network of 27 libraries that provide critical scientific information on human health and environmental protection, not only to EPA scientists, but also to other researchers and the general public.

The libraries represent a unique and invaluable source of scientific knowledge on issues from hazardous waste to toxicology to pollution control. Additional benefit to scientific researchers is gained from the expertise of a dedicated library staff, who in 2005 fielded more than 130,000 database and reference questions from EPA scientists and the public.
library closings 08.Dec.2006 09:28

karl roenfanz ( rosey ) k_rosey48@hotmail.com

since the 1910 to 1930 era we have seen a downward slide in the quality of public education. is the closing of the epa scientific libraries another attempt to keep the public ignorant? are we the public going to become cannon fodder and low class workers for the corporational government?

CALL TO ACTION: THIS IS URGENT 08.Dec.2006 16:36

roknich

Barbara Boxer has started an investigation of the EPA, which has been under siege for 6 years. What is happening NOW is a dangerous acceleration of Bush administration policy. It is the willful destruction of valuable governement property, and a felony. The EPA under Steve Johnson claims this will save the EPA $2 Million of their $8 Billion budget. It will cost much more than that.
representative Waxman and other have sent him a Cease and Desist order and he has been unresponsive. It may be necessary for congress to flex it's muscles and send a Federal Marshal after him with a writ. This can be done, but like Ollie North and others, he will be able to destroy a tremendous amount of irreplaceable data before he is stopped.
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Note that this is an extension of policy that began in 2001, as soon as Bush took office, and what is being done now is a Felony, and grounds for impeachment
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Please visit the Union of Concerned Scientists for updates, and a CALL to ACTION: the links are in the original article above. Also, visit Boxer's website.It was shortly after the publication of the following letter that Stephen Johnson began his orgy of destruction:</P>
 link to www.campusactivism.org
He must be stopped.</P><BR>

David Roknich<BR>
DOGSPOT

Link to Boxer's letter is here, link in previous message is wrong 09.Dec.2006 10:43

roknich

Wednesday, October 6, 2006 Barbara Boxer sent this letter to Steve Johnson:
 http://boxer.senate.gov/news/releases/record.cfm?id=264586
It concerns the CDC warning on Perchorlate: a DOD waste product from rocket fuel that has been found at houndreds of sites around the country. It is a waste product from DOD. Here is and excerpt from the letter:
"We are writing to request that the Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") immediately issue a perchlorate health advisory that addresses early life exposures and susceptibility issues and revise the Agency's perchlorate cleanup goal. EPA should also establish a drinking water standard that protects vulnerable pregnant women and children."
Not only was EPA unresponsive, they busied themselves with dismantlement of 5 libraries and removed the website that makes detailed knowledge of chemical toxins available.
By December, Bush's response was to remove the position responsible for oversight of EPA, and replace him with a Alex Beehler, from the Defense department, where has has worked assiduously to undermine efforts to protect the environment. Boxer has effectively blocked this, since the Bush nominee for inspector general of the EPA could not be confirmed before the new congress is sworn in, see her post from Dec.7:
 link to boxer.senate.gov
"DOD, where Mr. Beehler now has a lead environmental policy position, has sought to increase its role in the federal process for setting environmental standards, often advocating for less protective standards than many scientists think will adequately protect our communities. DOD has repeatedly sought to waive environmental laws without sound justification. The EPA IG will play a key part in auditing EPA and DOD environmental activities."

That's the story. The link from "student activism" got into the previous comment by accident.

-roknich