Bresland to retire from CSB

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Washington – John Bresland, the longest-serving member of the Chemical Safety Board, will retire Aug. 31, the agency announced recently.

Bresland was first appointed by President George W. Bush in 2002, and took over as chairman from 2008 to 2010. Notable investigations conducted under his leadership include the 2008 Imperial Sugar dust explosion (.pdf file) in Port Wentworth, GA, and the 2009 ConAgra Foods natural gas explosion in Garner, NC.

After leaving CSB, Bresland plans to return home to West Virginia and assume the role of Research Fellow for the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center at Texas A&M University, according to a CSB press release.

“The past decade has seen the CSB’s evolution from a new and little recognized organization to an internationally renowned agency pressing industry to constantly improve process safety performance,” Bresland said in the release. “It has been my privilege to serve here alongside a group of highly talented and dedicated public servants advancing this vital, lifesaving mission.”

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