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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’s mission is to advocate for the people, policy, and products of chemistry that make the United States the global leader in innovation and manufacturing. To achieve this, we: Champion science-based policy solutions across all levels of government; Drive continuous performance improvement to protect employees and communities through Responsible Care®; Foster the development of sustainability practices throughout ACC member companies; and Communicate authentically with communities about challenges and solutions for a safer, healthier and more sustainable way of life. Our vision is a world made better by chemistry, where people live happier, healthier, and more prosperous lives, safely and sustainably—for generations to come.