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Republican House Leaders Call for Ouster of CSB Chair

Posted in on Thu, Jul 17, 2014

Following a June 19 hearing where testimony from US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) Chairman Moure-Eraso was heard, key Republican House leaders sent a letter to the White House called for a change in leadership at the CSB.  From the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee at http://oversight.house.gov/release/members-call-white-house-leadership-change-chemical-safety-board/ where a letter to the White House and a staff report can also be found –

“Today (July 7), House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, Government Operations Subcommittee Chairman John Mica, R-Fla., National Security Subcommittee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, Rep. Michael Turner, R-Ohio, and Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., in a letter to the White House, called for change in leadership at the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) in light of management failures, whistleblower retaliation, and information the Committee’s investigation has uncovered that has called into question the testimony of CSB Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso at the Committee’s most recent hearing:

“[The Chemical Safety Board] has a vital public safety mission—to investigate industrial chemical accidents, report on the causes of the accidents and make recommendations to prevent future tragedies,” the lawmakers state in the letter. “Chairman Moure-Eraso’s leadership is making it difficult for the agency to fulfill its mission. Immediate change in CSB leadership is necessary to allow this besieged agency to heal and regain focus on its public safety mission…”

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