ASSE Backs CSB FY 14 Budget Request, Asks Help in Setting Investigation Priorities Among Fed Agencies
In a letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, ASSE stated its support for the Administration’s proposal to fund the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB). The Administration proposed funding CSB at $11.484 milion, an 8.8% increase over its current funding. ASSE also requested report language to accompany a final appropriations bill that would require the Administration to resolve differences among various federal agencies in setting investigative priorities at incident sites where explosions occur as well as in sharing information gathered at these sites. CSB created a Facebook page that, in part, includes various newspaper articles representing CSB’s perspective on the difficulties it faced in carrying out an investigation at the site of the April fertilizer explosion in West, Texas. An October 2010 CSB letter to Congress outlines a variety of investigations where it faced difficulties in carrying out investigations.