Chemicals: Watchdog Plagued By 'Investigative Gap,' Low Morale -- Audit

"The U.S. Chemical Safety Board investigated only one out of 27 fatal accidents in the last fiscal year, part of a five-year slide that saw the agency fail to probe more than 90 percent of workplace fatalities, U.S. EPA's inspector general said in a report released yesterday.

Saying CSB was in the throes of an "investigative gap," the report addresses management problems and low employee morale in the wake of Rafael Moure-Eraso's toxic tenure as CSB chairman from June 2010 to March 2015 (Greenwire, July 21, 2015).

From Oct. 1, 2014, to Sept. 30, 2015, there were 27 chemical accidents with 32 fatalities with a single CSB investigation, the report says."

Colby Bermel reports for Greenwire June 30, 2016.

Source: Greenwire, 07/01/2016