House Committee Pushes for Change at Board for Investigating Chemical Spills

The House Committee on Energy & Commerce held a hearing on the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) on Wednesday, revealing some bipartisan consensus on the general need to improve the long-troubled agency while raising questions about its limited response to tens of thousands of reports, its vulnerability to political agendas, and its freedom to investigate chemical spills caused by other federal agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Modeled on the National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB), the CSB was authorized in 1990 and launched in 1998. Charged with investigating major accidental releases of chemicals, such as the West Fertilizer Company plant explosion in Texas, the agency has had a notoriously contentious history, with one recent chair, Obama appointee Rafael Moure-Eraso, resigning in 2015 after an investigation led to accusations of mismanagement and punishing whistleblowers. Wednesday’s hearing comes days after the committee approved three nominees to join the …Read More

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