In light of this morning’s chlorine leak & shelter-in-place at the Clearon Corp. plant in South Charleston, I sent a general message to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board — the independent federal agency tasked with investigating chemical accidents in order to protect workers, the public and the environment — asking if this was an incident they would respond to, or if their operations have been affected by the shutdown.
The agency already has a general message on their website that says, “At this time, Congress has not enacted an appropriation or a continuing resolution for the CSB.”
CSB managing director Daniel Horowitz emailed the following in response to my question:
Jared the agency has effectively shut down and all chemical accident investigators have been furloughed. We have a skeleton crew of 3 people on duty, to reopen the agency whenever that is warranted.Thanks
Daniel M. Horowitz, Ph.D.
U.S. Chemical Safety Board