23 MAY 2017
Statement from CSB Chairperson Vanessa Allen Sutherland on CSB FY 2018 Budget Request
The President‰??s full budget for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) continues to propose the elimination of 19 agencies, including the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB). Today, the CSB submitted its budget request for FY18, pursuant to its authority as an independent federal agency. Congress provided the CSB with concurrent authority to submit its annual budget requests directly to the Congress, as well as to the Office of Management and Budget.
The CSB‰??s primary mission is the prevention of accidents. It is a non-regulatory agency that issues recommendations in support of its safety-critical mission. Congress intended for the CSB to examine the role of both the regulator and the regulated in its investigations and makes recommendations to both. And in that regard, we hold other federal agencies accountable, as well as industry. In our safety investigations of high consequence chemical accidents, we routinely examine the adequacy of the existing regulations and standards. No other federal agency, or private entity for that matter, provides this comprehensive safety role.
The CSB‰??s mission is vital to drive chemical safety change through independent investigations to protect people and the environment.
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