US chemical safety board asks Congress for $11.4m budget

15 February 2012 00:09  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) said on Tuesday its proposed $11.4m (€8.7m) budget for fiscal year 2013 would allow it to hire more investigators and complete more investigations.

“The funds will allow the Chemical Safety Board to fill two new investigator positions and allow the board to focus on the completion of a significant backlog of open major accident investigations,” said CSB chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso. “The CSB will expand its work to protect workers, the public and the environment from hazardous chemical releases by issuing quality reports with high-impact recommendations.”

“Despite the unprecedented demands of the complex, ongoing investigations of the Macondo well blowout in the Gulf and the explosion at the Tesoro Anacortes refinery, our investigative backlog is already substantially reduced, having decreased from 22 open cases in mid-2010 to only 14 today,” Moure-Eraso said.

“Within a year we expect the backlog will be under better control than at any time in recent years, but to make further progress it is critical that the agency be able to hire more investigators,” he added.

The budget request to Congress calls for 51 full-time equivalents (FTE’s), including about 25 investigators.

The 2013 fiscal year runs from 1 October, 2012, through 30 September, 2013.

The CSB has a current budget of $10.7m.

($1 = €0.76)

By: Brian Ford
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