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US Chemical Safety Board to continue with only one board member

03 August 2020

On July 31, the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) postponed a scheduled public meeting in which the agency was to discuss its plans on how to operate despite having a one-person board instead of its usual five-person board.

Reuters news agency reports that Chairperson Katherine Lemos, a Trump appointee and the sole member of the agency’s board, had organised the public meeting to discuss investigations and how the CSB will move forward with a board consisting of just herself. The planned meeting was cancelled due to technical problems, but the CSB is yet to announce a new date for the meeting to take place.

The Trump administration has been criticised in recent years for its efforts to cut the CSB’s funding and for leaving positions unfilled. Lemos’ intention to continue operating as a one-person board would allow the CSB to still issue reports which have historically been vital in highlighting industry and regulatory failures in the US.

Lemos, President Trump’s first nomination, was appointed as Chairperson for a five-year term in April 2020 after previous board members' terms ended at the end of 2019.

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