U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Did 'people power' save a trove of EPA data from a shutdown by Trump?

Did 'people power' save a trove of EPA data from a shutdown by Trump?

The notice over the weekend shocked scientific and technical researchers on environmental issues: The Environmental Protection Agency’s 5-year-old open data website, a trove of data on air, water and ground pollution and the sources of toxic chemical releases, was about to be shut down.

One day later, following an uproar on social media, the EPA seemed to backpedal. The rumors about opendata.epa.gov, according to a tweet from the agency’s official Twitter account, “are wrong. It’s open, working & not going anywhere. This website & the EPA belong to you.”

The website’s creator and operator, Bernadette Hyland — who...

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