From: Ralph Stuart <rstuartcih**At_Symbol_Here**>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] CSB Public Meetings - input?
Date: Fri, 29 May 2015 06:47:01 -0400
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>it's apparently the leadership that's been at issue for some time.

I'm not sure if it's the CSB leadership that's been the issue, but that its status as an independent federal agency means that it's in a very awkward political situation, which doesn't seem to be a high priority for federal leadership. It took 8 years for the Board to start up after it was established in the 1990 Clean Air Act amendments and it has not had the legislated 5 members for much of it existence. And its investigation agenda is more often Congressionally driven than strategic, based on the resources available to conduct the investigation.

Given these political limitations, the work that it has produced has been remarkable, which is why DCHAS recognized it with the 2008 Howard Fawcett Chemical Health and Safety Award.

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart

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