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Tuesday, 31st October 2006

Stealth Closure of Principal EPA Chemical Library

Stealth Closure of Principal EPA Chemical Library

Without any word to the public, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has closed its specialized library for research on the effects and properties of chemicals, according to documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The library’s unique technical collection is being offered for dispersal, with the remainder kept in storage.

The Office of Prevention, Pollution and Toxic Substances (OPPTS) Library, in EPA’s Washington D.C. Headquarters, had provided research services to EPA scientists who review industry requests for the introduction of new chemicals into the market. Among other holdings, the library contained –

  • Unique toxicological studies on the potential effects of pesticides on children;
  • Up-to-date research on genetically engineered chemicals and other biotech products; and
  • Extensive literature on emergency planning and chemical risk assessments.

Supporting documentation in PDFs at bottom of page.

Source: Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility


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