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E&C Announces Oversight Hearing on Chemical Safety Board

Sep 21, 2021
Press Release

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chair Diana DeGette (D-CO) announced today that the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee will hold an oversight hearing on the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) on Wednesday, September 29, at 10:30 a.m. (EDT) in the John D. Dingell Room, 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. It is entitled, “Protecting Communities from Industrial Accidents: Revitalizing the Chemical Safety Board.”

“The Chemical Safety Board is tasked with independently investigating the causes of chemical accidents and making recommendations to reduce future ones – a critical public health and safety mission that impacts us all,” said Pallone and DeGette.  “Unfortunately, for some time now, the CSB has faced significant challenges in fulfilling its mission. It is time for us to address the agency’s staffing, investigation backlog, and other issues and ensure CSB has the tools it needs to succeed. We look forward to learning more about the status of CSB’s work and how Congress can help revitalize this important agency.”

This will be a hybrid hearing that includes both in-person and remote member attendance via Cisco Webex video conferencing.  Members of the public may view the hearing via live webcast accessible on the Energy and Commerce Committee’s website.  Please note the webcast will not be available until the hearing begins. 

The Committee strongly recommends that members of the media view the proceedings remotely. The Capitol and House Office Buildings currently have restricted access. Seating in the Committee room for credentialed media is very limited. Media must RSVP to their respective press gallery no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 28.

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Information for this hearing, including the Committee Memorandum and a link to the live webcast, will be posted HERE as it becomes available.