Investigation of EPA library closures requested


  • Sarah Zielinski


Three Democratic ranking members of the U.S. House of Representatives Science Committee have asked the U.S. Government Accountability Office to investigate the Bush Administration's plan to cut funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) system of libraries by more than 30% in Fiscal Year 2007. The EPA already has closed one regional library and identified two others that will be closed on 1 October. The agency has said that the plan will save money without reducing access to environmental information. The congressmen expressed concern that the closures could harm EPA's ability to enforce environmental laws and could deprive the public of access to environmental information.