Why Are EPA Libraries Purging Records and Selling Bookcases for One Cent on the Dollar?

According to this article from Yubanet, "in defiance of Congressional requests to immediately halt closures of library collections, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is purging records from its library websites, making them unavailable to both agency scientists and outside researchers, according to documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). At the same time, EPA is taking steps to prevent the re-opening of its shuttered libraries, including the hurried auctioning off of expensive bookcases, cabinets, microfiche readers and other equipment for less than a penny on the dollar.

"No one believes that EPA is closing libraries and crating up irreplaceable collections for fiscal reasons," PEER Director Jeff Ruch concluded. "Instead, the real agenda appears to be controlling access by its own specialists and outside researchers to key technical information."

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