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Chemical Safety Board Faces House Probe on Investigation Backlog

May 21, 2021, 3:34 PM

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is asking the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board for information regarding the agency’s ongoing management, resource, and personnel challenges, which have resulted in a growing backlog of probes into chemical accidents.

“We are concerned that some of these challenges continue to plague the CSB, and also that new issues have emerged,” six members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce said in a letter sent Thursday to agency chairwoman Katherine Lemos. “For example, the CSB has had perennial, and apparently ongoing, difficulties in hiring qualified chemical safety investigators.”

The agency is currently ...

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