Vanessa Allen Sutherland will resign as chairperson and board member of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) next month.

“I am saddened to leave the wonderful mission and incredible work of the CSB,” Sutherland said. “This mission is unique and critically important because we are the only agency conducting independent, comprehensive root cause chemical incident investigations. As we continue to recognize the agency’s 20th anniversary of operations, we still have much work to do to achieve our vision of a nation safe from chemical disasters. And I am absolutely certain that this team, and future hires, will both excel in execution and outshine our prior efforts. I’m fortunate to have been a part of the work.”

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The board members will be required to vote on an interim executive, unless and until the White House nominates and the Senate confirms a new Chairperson.

The CSB is an independent, non-regulatory federal agency whose mission is to drive chemical safety change through independent investigations to protect people and the environment. The agency’s board members are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.

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CSB investigations look into all aspects of chemical incidents, including physical causes such as equipment failure as well as inadequacies in regulations, industry standards, and safety management systems.

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