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Senate Confirms New Chair for Chemical Investigation Board

March 24, 2020, 1:17 PM

The board that investigates industrial chemical accidents, such as refinery explosions, is closer to having a new presidentially appointed chairperson.

The Senate late Monday by voice vote confirmed Katherine Lemos, an aviation safety specialist and psychologist, to lead the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board. President Donald Trump nominated Lemos in June to the five-year term.

The next step is for Lemos to be sworn in. A date for the swearing in hadn’t been set as of Tuesday, but it likely can be done via telephone or teleconferencing, an agency spokesperson said.

While the board is supposed to have five ...