You can see signs of destruction yourself: destruction that began as soon as the thugs of the Bush administration took hold, except now their pace is urgently accelerated. The main - headquarters library of the EPA has been physically dismantled and this is what remains of their website:|
http://www.epa.gov/natlibra/hqirc/Scientists across the country are ready to testify that mass quantities of scientific journal, many of them irreplaceable are being thrown in dumpsters. To date, 5 regional EPA libraries have been closed.
The Headquarters Library is now closed to the public and is serving as a repository. To locate EPA library materials, you can search the Online Library System (OLS), EPA Libraries' online catalog. Then, contact your local public, corporate or academic library to have them arrange for an interlibrary loan of EPA's materials.
The administration is making an ill-supported claim that these are cost saving measures. Short term this will save US$2Million versus the US$8Billion annual budget of the EPA, which is dwarfed by the US$8TRILLION debt that the Bush administration has incurred since January 21, 2001
I was made aware of this massive act of vandalism by an article at Portland Independent Media Center. A complete presentation of the debacle is online at:
on the website of The Union of Concerned Scientists, and several congressmen have demanded that the EPA cease and desist in this unprecedented campaign of vandalism: on par with the destruction of the library at Alexandia or the sack of Rome, if one is to consider the magnitude of data that is being destroyed. The current director, Stephen JOhnson has been unresponsive, even though congress had demanded a report from him by December 4, none seems to be forthcoming and the destruction continues. Please read the evidence at The Union of Concerned Scientists, and heed their call to action. I will update this post as the story continues to break.