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EPA Provides Response to PEER Statement Delivered June 16, 2008

The EPA has provided the ALA with the following response to a statement that PEER delivered yesterday.

As we stated in our ‘Report to Congress,’ EPA plans to re-open the Chemical Library along with the HQ and 3 Regional libraries. Most of the chemical library contents are already in DC but those materials which had been dispersed to other EPA libraries will be returned and shelved with the rest of the Chemical collection. We are currently in the process of recruiting a full-time professional librarian with chemical information knowledge to staff the Chemical Library. The Chemical Library is expected to cover nearly 2500 sq. feet. This is in addition to the planned 4500 square feet and 4.5 full time professional librarians and library technicians for the adjacent HQ repository library.

The American Federation of Government Employees, in accordance with their collective bargaining agreement, has requested to bargain over the reopening of the libraries. Given that negotiations on these libraries begin tomorrow (June 17, 2008), exact sizes for the libraries will not be fixed until an agreement has been reached.

If there are any questions, please contact Jessica McGilvray at the Washington Office and she will follow up with the EPA.

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Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

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