CSHIB appropriation in jeopardy

Issue 12 and Volume 150.

CSHIB appropriation in jeopardy A congressional conference committee will decide whether the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSHIB) will be funded. The Senate recommended $4 million be appropriated for Fiscal Year 1998. The House has made no recommendation. Established in 1990 as an independent agency modeled after the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the CSHIB is to investigate and report on the root causes of industrial chemical accidents that result in death, serious injury, or major property damage. None of the information provided by companies can be used to prosecute or litigate. The board`s objective is to prevent accidents. President Clinton was to decide the first week in November (after press time) whether to use his line-item veto power to deny funding for the board. The appropriations bill would transfer $4 million from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish the chemical board. The administration has supported the new…

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