Will the EPA’s Open Data Web service be shut down? Agency responds to ‘rumors’

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.

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Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), speaks to employees of the Agency in Washington, U.S., February 21, 2017.

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Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), greets employees of the agency in Washington, U.S., February 21, 2017.

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Director of Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt is sworn in by Justice Samuel Alito as his wife Marilyn holds a bible during ceremony at the Executive Office in Washington, U.S., February 17, 2017.

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Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), greets employees of the agency in Washington, U.S., February 21, 2017.

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