There’s plenty of fear surrounding one of the internet’s biggest data services — but despite the headlines, President Donald Trump isn’t shutting it down.
Reports started to surface about the Environmental Protection Agency’s Open Data Web service being shut down Friday. The website — that offers free information on climate change, people’s health and environmental justice — recently started telling visitors via a popup that “This website will be shut down Friday, April 28, 2017.”
However, the EPA has since clarified that the Friday deadline refers to the looming federal government shutdown — not the shut down of the Open Data website, specifically. Initial reports speculated that funding for the Open Data Web may have been cut from Trump’s spending plan.
Director of EPA Scott Pruitt
Director of Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt