NSPE submitted public comment to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies urging them to fully fund the US Chemical Safety Board in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget.
In the public comment, NSPE President Kodi Verhalen, P.E., Esq., F.NSPE states, “NSPE and the professional engineers we represent rely on the agency’s independent chemical incident reports, recommendations, and safety bulletins to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Professional engineers, as a requirement of their state-issued license, must hold these three considerations paramount above all other considerations in our designs, reports, and all other areas of the practice of engineering.”
The Chemical Safety Board was created by Congress “to investigate accidents to determine the conditions and circumstances which led up to the event and to identify the cause or causes so that similar events might be prevented.” The CSB was instrumental in investigating the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as investigating over 130 other chemical incidents and providing nearly 800 safety recommendations, 78% of which have been closed. It is vital that this independent, nonregulatory agency exist to provide feedback on why chemical disasters arise and how to prevent these disasters from occurring again. Products that the CSB provides, including safety reports, recommendations, bulletins, and videos, are frequently used and cited by the industrial community, academia, and professional associations.