Sending Office: Honorable Mark DeSaulnier
Sent By:
Ethan.VanNess@mail.house.gov

Support the Chemical Safety Board

Updated Deadline: March 13th COB

 

Dear Colleague:

Please join me in sending the below letter to the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee urging funding for the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB).

CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating the causes of industrial chemical accidents. Established by Congress as a non-regulatory agency, CSB works to uncover the root causes of disasters such as the Deepwater Horizon
oil spill, and make recommendations to prevent future disasters from occurring. CSB’s contributions to the safety of industry are undeniable. Industry both publicly and privately supports the CSB.

In the Administration’s budget, CSB is the only safety agency that is slated for elimination. With a staff of under 50 people and a budget of $11 million, we must continue to invest in the CSB. Eliminating the CSB could have dangerous ramifications
for industry and public safety.

Please join me in protecting public health and public safety by joining this letter no later than COB on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.  If you have any questions, or to sign on, please contact Ethan Van Ness in Rep. DeSaulnier’s
office at ethan.vanness@mail.house.gov (5-2095).

Sincerely,

Mark DeSaulnier

Member of Congress

 

Letter Text:

Dear Chairman Calvert and Ranking Member McCollum:

As you develop the Fiscal Year 2019 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, we respectfully request that you fund the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) at its 2019 requested funding level of $12.1 million,
but no less than its current level of $11 million.

CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating the causes of industrial chemical accidents. Established by Congress as a non-regulatory agency, CSB works not only to uncover the root causes of disasters such as the Deepwater
Horizon oil spill, but also to preemptively perform investigations to uncover possible causes of disasters before there is loss of life. A spokesman for Tesoro Corp. recently stated, “I do not think anyone in the industry wants to see the Chemical Safety Board
abolished.”

CSB’s contributions to the safety of industry in the United States are undeniable. In 2012 the Chevron refinery in Richmond, California experienced a large explosion and fire resulting in more than 15,000 people seeking medical treatment. A
CSB investigation revealed the cause to be a corroded pipe that had been the subject of internal recommendations for replacement for years. The CSB’s investigation resulted in California state regulators updating refinery safety and inspection requirements
in an effort to prevent such catastrophes from occurring in the future.

As a non-regulatory agency, CSB does not issue sanctions or penalize the chemical industry, but rather works to ensure that their facilities are safe. Compliance with the safety recommendations made by CSB have saved time, money, and lives.
These investigations benefit businesses, employees, and taxpayers. Few other federal agencies provide such overwhelming benefit for a comparatively small cost. In fact, it has bipartisan support in Congress and has historically been supported by industry.

In the Administration’s budget, CSB is the only safety agency proposed to be eliminated. With a budget of $11 million and a staff of under 50 people providing such a substantial, widely acknowledged benefit to our economy and people, it is clear
that we must continue to invest in the CSB. Given its track record, eliminating the CSB could have dangerous ramifications for the industry and public safety.  

Thank you for your consideration of this request. We look forward to working with you to support this important agency.

 

                                                                        Sincerely,                                            

Mark DeSaulnier

Member of Congress

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