Save EPA Libraries!


Save EPA Libraries!
[An Action Alert from the American Library Association Washington Office]

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CALL BOTH OF YOUR SENATORS IMMEDIATELY AND ASK THEM TO SIGN ONTO
the Boxer- Lautenberg “Dear Colleague” letter asking the Senate Appropriations Committee to direct EPA to maintain access and research expertise at ALL of EPA’s regional and headquarter libraries until the Agency solicits adequate public and Congressional input.

Background:

Senators Barbara Boxer and Frank Lautenberg have drafted a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee stating their concern that EPA is dismantling their unique library system.

As you know, the government, business and the general public depend on EPA’s libraries to conduct research critical to protecting public health, enforcing environmental laws, and promoting sound economic, land-use planning and other decisions. Closure of these facilities will severely limit, and in some cases eliminate, the information resources needed by those investigating issues critical to environmental safety and health.

Although EPA’s FY2007 budget hasn’t been passed yet, this year EPA has already eliminated or reduced library service covering 31 states (see list below below).

ACTION

CALL BOTH OF YOUR SENATORS TODAY AND ASK THEM TO SIGN ONTO Boxer- Lautenberg “Dear Colleague” letter! The letter asks the Appropriators to direct EPA to maintain access and research expertise at all of EPA’s regional and headquarter libraries until the Agency solicits adequate public and Congressional input.

The deadline for signing the letter is November 1st, so call today! Tell your Senator’s Office that they can arrange to sign the letter by calling Grant Cope (4-7931) or Daniel Rosenberg (4-7225) and that they must do so before November 1st.

Status of EPA Regional Library Closures and Reductions in Service:

(Specialized Libraries Not Included)

1. Closed

  • Region 5, which served Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
  • Regions 6, which serves Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Iowa.
  • Region 7, which serves Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.

2. Closed to the Public with Reduced Hours to EPA Staff

  • Region 2 Library, which served New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

3. Reduced Access to EPA Staff and the Public

  • EPA Region 1, which serves Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
  • EPA Region 9, which serves Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, the Pacific Islands, and Tribal Nations.
  • EPA Region 10, which serves Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Native Tribes.
  • EPA Headquarters

    U.S. Capitol switchboard 202-225-3121

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