EPA Library Closings Continue Despite Protests
Touting it as part of a plan to put more information online, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been closing its regional libraries in spite of protests by federal employees. The Chicago library shut its doors August 28, and the Dallas and Kansas City, Missouri, libraries are set to close by the end of September. On September 13, employees of the EPA Headquarters Library in Washington received notice that their physical space would close to walk-ins beginning October 1. The closures are part of President Bush’s dramatic cost-cutting plan that includes a proposed reduction of $100 million for FY 2007 and further cuts for FY 2008.
In June, the presidents of 17 locals of the American Federation of Federal Employees, representing 10,000 EPA scientists, signed a letter protesting a $2-million cut in EPA operations and administration. On August 16, the American Federation of Government Employees filed a formal grievance on behalf of EPA scientists, demanding that further action be delayed until affected scientists can negotiate.