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------------------------------------------------------------------------- Enviro-Mich message from Joel Wiese ------------------------------------------------------------------------- I let my senators and congressmen know... and I actually got a response today from Stabenow's local constituent relations director.  I'll try and go through my conversation with her carefully because I don't want to mis-attribute things she said.  They did some digging at Senator Stabenow's office and found out the following...

1) The libraries were terribly underutilized, part of the reason for the change.
2) The EPA wanted to move the resources online so that more people would be able to access them.
3) Cuts to their budget made the changes necessary.

While the reasons above sound fairly straightforward, here's some actual links to the EPA that provide information on the changes.  You can decide for yourself what the real story is.  In writing, it would seem that the change is generally good, however it doesn't completely match up with what PEER is saying is happening.

Here's the release... and several links for more information below.

EPA Updating Its Libraries

Release date: 12/11/2006

Contact Information: Jennifer Wood, (202) 564-4355 / wood.jennifer@epa.gov

(Washington, D.C. - Dec. 11, 2006) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing broader access to a larger audience by making agency library materials available through its public Web site. Retrieving materials will be more efficient and easier to locate by using EPA's online collection and reference services.

The rest of the article is located at... http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/68b5f2d54f3eefd28525701500517fbf/6af2ae3fe96a5d308525724100634dd3!OpenDocument

Go here for more information...

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