EPA to reopen area library amid controversy

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Chicago research library will re-open next month, 17 months after it shut down.


Federal budget cuts closed the Chicago library, regional libraries in Dallas and Kansas City, Kan., the national headquarters library in Washington, D.C., and a specialist chemical and pesticide library, also in Washington. Hours were reduced at four other regional libraries, leaving only three regional libraries without a cut in service.“We’ve called what’s gone on here sort of a self-lobotomy,” said Jeff Ruch, executive director of the non-profit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. He
is the founder of the group and a former California state government employee.

“Overall information is far less available to the public and to EPA’s own staff. There’s a lot less information and what’s there is a lot less accessible,” he said.

Recently, Congress approved an appropriations bill re-funding the library system.

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