Budget cuts imperil EPA library system

Research database, access to documents may be curtailed in Fiscal 2007 budget proposal

Ted Agres
Mar 9, 2006
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials are proposing to cut funding by 80% for the agency's national library network, a system that supports the research needs of thousands of EPA staff scientists and enforcement personnel, environmental biologists and ecologists in academia and industry, and members of the general public. "The libraries are a good resource," said Fred Stoss, associate librarian for biological and environmental sciences and mathematics at the State University of New York at Buffalo. "Closing down the library network will have great ramifications for EPA staff scientists and policy analysts," he told The Scientist. "It concerns me a great deal," echoed Craig M. Schiffries, senior scientist at the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE). "EPA has identified reliance on sound science and credible data among the guiding principles to fulfill their mission to protect human health and the environment. It would appear that access to...

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