Bloomberg Law
March 15, 2021, 9:18 AM

Understaffed Chemical Safety Board Ripe for Revamp as Probes Lag

Fatima Hussein
Fatima Hussein
Legal Reporter
Genevieve Douglas
Genevieve Douglas

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board is running on fumes. With 80% of its board seats vacant and more than a dozen open investigations, CSB staffers are being asked to take on management responsibilities while the agency is run by Trump administration holdover Katherine Lemos, a self-proclaimed quorum of one.

The Biden administration can change that, but it’s given scant indication it’ll do so any time soon.

The CSB investigates the causes of chemical disasters and issues recommendations to other federal agencies, companies, and the public to reduce the risk of future accidents. At least three times, former President Donald ...

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