Sending Office: Honorable Mark DeSaulnier
Sent By:
Sarah.Jackson@mail.house.gov

Deadline: March 27th

Dear Colleague:

Please join me in sending the below letter to the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee in support of 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 $12 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 by
Wednesday, March 27th. If you have any questions, or to sign on, please contact Sarah Jackson in my office at
sarah.jackson@mail.house.gov.

 

Sincerely,

Mark DeSaulnier
Member of Congress

 

Dear Chairwoman McCollum and Ranking Member Joyce:

As you develop the Fiscal Year 2020 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, we respectfully request that you fund the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) at its 2020 requested funding level of $12.4 million, but no less
than its current level of $12 million.

The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating the causes of industrial chemical accidents. Established by Congress as a non-regulatory agency, the 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.”

The 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, the 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 the 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, the CSB is the only safety agency proposed to be eliminated. With a budget of $12 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,

 

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