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Chemical Safety Board Chair Offers Rationale for Quorum of One

Sept. 2, 2020, 7:56 PM

The chairwoman and sole member of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board on Wednesday outlined the legal justification for the agency to proceed with her as a quorum of one.

“There is no question about the legality of a quorum of one,” Katherine Lemos said during a scheduled dial-in meeting with industry representatives and labor leaders.

Lemos, who began her term April 23, said the most pressing issue for the agency is the need for more board members, but that wouldn’t stop the CSB from moving forward. The independent, nonregulatory agency nominally has a five-member leadership panel, including ...