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Main Title Chemical Safety Board improvements in management and oversight are needed/ {electronic resource} :
Author Stephenson, John B.
Publisher U.S. Govt. Accountability Office,
Place Published Washington, DC :
Year Published 2008
Report Number GAO-08-864R
Stock Number GAO (202)512-6000 (voice); (202)512-6061 (Fax); (202)512-2537 (TDD)
OCLC Number 244482356
Subjects United States.--Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board--Rules and practice; United States.--Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980--Economic aspects
Subject Added Ent Chemicals--United States; Pollution--Environmental aspects--United States; Hazardous substances -- Accidents -- Investigation -- United States.
Internet Access
Description Access URL
Library   Call Number Additional Info Location Date Modified
EJBM POD Internet only Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 08/29/2008
Collation {83} p. : digital, PDF file
Notes Title from title screen (viewed on August 18, 2008). "August 22, 2008." Paper version available from: U.S. Govt. Accountability Office, 441 G St., NW, Rm. LM, Washington, D.C. 20548. "GAO-08-861R." Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Notes The principal role of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) is to investigate accidental releases of regulated or extremely hazardous substances to determine the conditions and circumstances that led to the accident and to identify the cause or causes so that similar accidents might be prevented. Accidental releases of these toxic and hazardous chemicals occur frequently and often have serious consequences. CSB reported to Congress that the agency received notification of approximately 900 chemical accidents in calendar year 2007, and that 31 of these accidents were serious or even fatal events that warranted the commitment of CSB investigators. CSB began operating in 1998 as an independent agency created under the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. The act directs CSB to (1) investigate and report on the cause or probable cause of any accidental chemical releases from stationary sources resulting in a fatality, serious injury, or substantial property damages; (2) make recommendations to reduce the likelihood or consequences of accidental chemical releases and propose corrective measures; and (3) establish regulations for reporting accidental releases. The agency publishes investigative reports and issues safety studies and videos to help prevent future accidents. Congress modeled CSB after the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which has a similar public safety mission. Like NTSB, CSB has no enforcement authority and a limited regulatory role. As outlined in the authorizing statute, CSB is to be managed by a five-member board. Currently the board has one vacancy. CSB received an appropriation of $9.4 million for fiscal year 2008 and had 39 staff as of January 30, 2008.
Access Notes Mode of access: Internet from GAO web site.
Corporate Au Added Ent United States. Government Accountability Office.
PUB Date Free Form {2008}
BIB Level m
Medium electronic resource
OCLC Time Stamp 20080827110838
Cataloging Source OCLC/T
Language eng
SUDOCS Number GA 1.41:GAO-08-841 R
Origin OCLC
Type CAT
OCLC Rec Leader 03520cam 2200433Ia 45020