October 29, 2021, Washington, D.C. – Today the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) held its first quarterly business meeting of Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22). Dr. Katerine Lemos, Chairperson and CEO of the CSB, provided a broad update on recent agency successes and upcoming plans, and stressed the agency’s strong upward trend in performance.
The CSB’s Acting Managing Director David LaCerte provided administrative updates about the agency including hiring activities to ensure the CSB is fully staffed. These updates include the hiring of a recent batch of chemical incident investigators and future recruitment of additional investigators as well as multiple recommendations specialists.
Stephen Klejst, the CSB’s Executive Director, detailed the FY22 plan to complete open investigations. The first four investigations likely to be considered for closure are: Sunoco Logistics in Nederland, TX, Didion Milling in Cambria, WI, Bio-Lab Conyers in Conyers, GA, and the Loy-Lang Box Company in St. Louis, MO. The CSB also plans to consider an additional nine investigations for completion in FY22 and an another five investigations in FY23, with all investigations having assigned staff.
Finally, the CSB’s Director of Recommendations, Charles Barbee, highlighted several key recommendations that were recently closed that are of an especially impactful nature as they are both on the top of our advocacy list.
Remarks and presentations by the Chairperson and other meeting participants will be released on the CSB’s website, which will also feature a recording of today’s meeting.
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