The Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) is prematurely closing a Midwest research library following proposed budget cuts by the Bush Administration, even though the cuts have yet to be
approved by Congress. Approximately 27 libraries nation-wide will be subject to more than 80% in budget cuts in the proposed
It was announced in
early February that several EPA research libraries are to be shut down due to a $2 million cut in funding out of a total $2.5
million budget. The research libraries are accessible to the general public, but are largely used by EPA scientists and enforcement
The cuts come at a
time when the Bush Administration is proposing an increase in EPA research funding under the “American Competitive Initiative.”
“How are EPA
scientists supposed to engage in cutting edge research when they cannot find what the agency has already done? “ asked
Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). "The President's plan will not make us more competitive if we have to spend half our time re-inventing
the wheel." 
Originally, the proposed
cuts to the EPA budget – totaling $300 million – included the dismantling of an electronic catalog that provides
access to EPA research. Within the catalog collection are more than 50,000 documents that cannot be found elsewhere. The elimination
of such a program would have made navigation of the research network impossible. Funds were shifted to enable the continued
operation of the system, but that has also led to an additional $500,000 in budget cuts to EPA libraries across the country.
The early closure of
the Midwest Regional library, which serves EPA staff and universities in six states, is not an isolated event. Many other
branches are pursuing similar cutbacks in anticipation of Congressional approval of the budget. Noted Ruch, "EPA might want
to wait for Congress to act before its shutters its libraries." 
Moreover, said Ruch,
"EPA's national research plan is supposed to build on what we already know. But effectively deploying our existing knowledge
base will be increasingly difficult if decades of research are locked away in storage." 
PEER press release, Feb. 1, 2006.
 PEER press release, Mar. 16, 2006.
With pro-industry head reshaping the EPA
into a fašade the EPA (as an example of their vision of protection) issued the following statement (03/31/06):
has issued rules finding that additional reductions in air toxics emissions are not necessary for four industry categories:
cooling towers, ethylene oxide sterilization plants, magnetic tape manufacturing operations and gasoline distribution terminals.
EPA made these findings based on recent analyses that show existing air toxics standards for these industries protect public
At http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/200409/bush_record.asp the Sierra Club list more than 300 crimes against nature between January of 01 and November
There is another inconsistency, Bush’s
position on fetuses and his stance on mercury emissions of the coal-fired energy plants.
Out of Bounds, Out of Control: Enforcement
at EPA, by John DeLong covers the failure to regulate the polluters.