The Trump administration has officially deleted the Environmental Protection Agency’s Open Data Web service, and intends to pull it completely by next week.
The United Kingdom-based Independent cited anonymous sources within the EPA who told the newspaper that the site would go dark by the end of the month, which would mean that Americans will no longer get to access the website’s data on climate and the environment as it relates to their communities.
One key aspect of the Open Data Web service is the ability of everyday Americans to access all types of research conducted by EPA scientists, namely about toxic chemical spills in their communities over a 30-year period and how their communities may be affected. Funding for the site and its research is expected to be pulled, meaning the website will go offline on or before April 28.
According to a Reuters source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the deletion of the website seems to fall in line with the Trump administration’s constant assault on environmental regulations, particularly ones that affect fossil fuel companies. On Friday, Trump will sign an executive order aimed at opening up federal waters for additional offshore oil drilling.
“This builds on previous executive actions that have cleared the way for job-creating pipelines, innovations in energy production, and reduced unnecessary burden on energy producers,” the anonymous source told Reuters.
Jamie Green is a contributor for the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.