CSB to Create New Chemical Release Reporting Regs

Posted on 3/19/2019 by Roger Marks

A district court in Washington DC ruled this month that the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) must promulgate new chemical release reporting regulations within the next twelve months. See the court order issued February 4, 2019.  

Created by the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, the CSB is mostly known for the important, independent work they do to investigate hazardous chemical incidents. CSB aims to identify root causes of these incidents and make recommendations to improve safety and emergency preparedness at facilities.

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CSB’s Regulatory Authority

In the 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act, Congress also directed CSB to create reporting requirements concerning accidental chemical releases (42 USC §7412(r)(6)(c)(iii)). CSB did not exercise this authority. Recently, environmental advocates filed suit against the agency for failure to create the regulations required by law—and won.

Lion News will provide updates as CSB begins the rulemaking process. Subscribe now and make sure you know what to expect.

CSB’s Work and Mission

Last month, CSB issued a Final Report on the June 27, 2016 release of methane, ethane,  propane and hydrocarbons at a gas plant in Pascagoula, MS.

Learn more about CSB’s structure and mission.

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