CSB Chairwoman to Testify on Lessons Learned

U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) Chairwoman Carolyn Merritt is scheduled to testify in a July 10 Senate committee hearing.

Merritt will be the first witness in a hearing convened by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works' Subcommittee on Transportation Safety, Infrastructure Security and Water Quality. The hearing has been dubbed “Lessons Learned from Chemical Safety Board Investigations, Including Texas City, Texas.”

Merritt said that she will discuss “what the agency has learned from our BP investigation and other cases and to help build a solid platform for future work.”

“It is an honor to testify at the first hearing of our oversight committee on chemical process safety issues since the establishment of the CSB,” Merritt said.

Other witnesses scheduled to appear include:

  • Kim Nibarger, health and safety specialist with the United Steelworkers union.
  • Scott Berger, director of the Center for Chemical Process Safety.
  • Timothy Gablehouse, president of the National Association of SARA Title III Program Officials.
  • Steve Arendt, vice president of ABS Consulting.
  • Linda Hunnings, widow of Texas City victim Jim Hunnings.

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in the Dirksen Senate Building, Room 406.

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