Chemical Safety Board Gets New Leader

Internal conflicts had hobbled the agency’s effectiveness in investigating accidents

Mark Rosenzweig, Editor in Chief
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The controversy surrounding the leadership of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) reached a climax in March. The chair and other top figures of the CSB, which is an independent federal agency charged with investigating chemical accidents and making recommendations based upon its findings, have faced withering criticism for some time (see: “Turmoil Takes a Toll on Chemical Safety Board”). President Obama early in the month had indicated he would not reappoint chair Rafael Moure-Eraso to a second five-year term when his current term expired in June — instead nominating Vanessa Sutherland to join the CSB as chair. Since 2011, she has served…

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