Washington — Sylvia Johnson and Steve Owens on Feb. 2 were sworn in to serve five-year terms on the Chemical Safety Board, an agency that has operated with Chair and CEO Katherine Lemos as a self-described “quorum of one” since May 1, 2020.
Washington — The Senate on Dec. 9 confirmed two new members to serve on the Chemical Safety Board, boosting the profile of an agency that – for more than 18 months – has carried on with only one of its five board seats filled.
Washington — Carrying on with only one of its five board seats filled “impairs the function” of the Chemical Safety Board and “continues to be the biggest risk” to agency operations, the Environmental Protection Agency Office of Inspector General contends in a new report.
Washington — Despite numerous operational and staffing challenges, the Chemical Safety Board is “on an upward trend,” CSB Chair and CEO Katherine Lemos testified during a Sept. 29 hearing before the House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.
Washington — Amid concerns from stakeholders – including a trade association representing chemical manufacturers – a trio of Chemical Safety Board nominees defended their qualifications during a July 29 confirmation hearing before the Senate Chemical Safety, Waste Management, Environmental Justice, and Regulatory Oversight Subcommittee.
Washington — Citing concerns that reported management and staffing issues have resulted in the Chemical Safety Board falling behind on investigations, a coalition of worker unions and other safety advocacy groups is offering suggestions “to right the path of the CSB and assist in fulfilling the goals of protecting communities, workers and our planet.”
Washington — Concerned about recent reports highlighting various difficulties that “may be undermining” the Chemical Safety Board’s “ability to protect American communities and workers,” a bipartisan delegation from the House Energy and Commerce Committee is calling on the agency to provide numerous operational and procedural updates.