The Chemical Safety Board: An Agency at a Crossroads

June 24, 2016, 5:39 PM

One of the smallest agencies in the federal government, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazards Investigation Board (more commonly known as the Chemical Safety Board, or CSB) is charged with a unique and significant responsibility: to investigate chemical accidents and make recommendations to prevent a recurrence. Since its inception, the agency has struggled to advance this mission. Management and political issues have impacted its credibility and detracted from its important function. With a newly appointed chairperson and board, the CSB stands at a crossroads. The agency has the opportunity to make meaningful progress and restore public and industry trust—or the...

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