EPA guilty of unfair labor practices in library closures

EPA Guilty of Bad Faith and Unfair Labor Practice in Shutting Agency

Washington, DC – A federal arbitrator has found the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency guilty of unfair labor practices and acting in bad
faith in its national series of library closures, according to a ruling
posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility
(PEER). EPA is ordered to bargain with affected public employee unions
before making any further changes in its library network.

During the past two years, EPA has closed or reduced access to much of
its network of libraries which serve both its own specialists and the
public. Altogether, access to EPA libraries in 23 states has been
completely lost, and several specialized collections have been
shuttered, including its headquarters library.

Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2008 17:45:19 -0500
From: Lynne E. Bradley lbradley@alawash.org
From: Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)

For Immediate Release: Thursday, February 28, 2008
Contact: Carol Goldberg (202) 265-7337

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National Pesticide Information Center

National Pesticide Information Center

‘The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) was created through a cooperative agreement between Oregon State University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Its primary function is to provide “objective, science-based information about pesticides and pesticide-related topics to enable people to make informed decisions about pesticides and their use.” The site contains seven primary sections, including “General Information”, “Technical Information”, “Pest Control”, and “Emergency”. Most casual visitors to the site should click on over to the “General Information” area. In this section, they will find fact sheets and posters on pesticide safety, storage and disposal, and case studies. Of course, they shouldn’t forget about the other areas of the site, particularly if they are interested in regulatory issues involving pesticides and emergency resources. Finally, the site also contains a search engine for those who know exactly what they need to find. [KMG]’

Source: The Scout Report for Dec. 14, 2007, from Univ. of Wisconsin.

This NPIC site does contain a disclaimer for the Case Profiles. This information is provided as a public service and for educational purposes.