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ACC Welcomes New Chemical Safety Board Leadership

Scott Jensen

WASHINGTON (December 15, 2022) — Following the confirmation of Stephen Owens to be the next chair of the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) and the addition of Catherine Sandoval to the Board by the U.S. Senate, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) expressed its support for the CSB’s vital work.

Dr. Kimberly Wise White, ACC’s Vice President of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs
ACC and its members are long-time supporters of the CSB. We are committed to working with Chairman Owens and his fellow board members to apply valuable safety lessons with the common goal of preventing and mitigating future incidents.

ACC has testified in the past expressing the need for a well-resourced and constituted Board to properly investigate accidents and provide helpful reports and bulletins.

“The CSB is responsible for conducting complex safety reviews, which is why it is important that Board members have the necessary expertise and resources to oversee sound investigations and provide fact-based recommendations,” Dr. White continued. “We strongly encourage the Administration and the Senate to fill the remaining open board seats with individuals that have direct experience in chemical facility operations and the knowledge to keep them operating safely.”

American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the multibillion-dollar business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products, technologies and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health, safety and security performance through Responsible Care®; common sense advocacy addressing major public policy issues; and health and environmental research and product testing. ACC members and chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development, and are advancing products, processes and technologies to address climate change, enhance air and water quality, and progress toward a more sustainable, circular economy.

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