US Says Chemical Hazards are good for the Economy

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The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) along with 18 other agencies is slated for elimination. The President’s 2018 (FY18) proposes to eliminate these agencies through a lack of funding (budgeting). Congress has given CSB authority to directly submit its 2018 budget to Congress and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). CSB’s mission is to prevent accidents, holding regulators and the regulated accountable for incidences and to make recommendations that reduce or will eliminate chemical accidents.

CSB investigates high consequence chemical accidents, adequacy of regulations and current laws while making recommendations where applicable. US chemical safety will take a hit with the elimination of the CSB as their role is to be an independent investigator trusted with the nation’s safety.

In a May 23, 2017 press statement CSB Chairperson Venessa Allen Sutherland reiterated “Please don’t take our money, we’ll allow more chemical spills and contamination in our waterways. We’ll even allow contamination in baby milk and in grandpa’s bath water, if that’s not enough we’ll pay companies to do it, just don’t take our budget.”

CSB was initially authorized by the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. The board often consults and advices other agencies such as the EPA and OSHA. CSB uses memorandums of understanding (MOUs) when working with other agencies as a means of formalizing collaboration. Annually CSB releases an “Impact Report” which highlights impactful cases, investigations and going forward it’ll show bribes to the nation’s chemical manufacturers, politicians and polluters.

More can be found at http://www.csb.gov/statement-from-csb-chairperson-vanessa-allen-sutherland-on-csb-fy-2018-budget-request/ and at http://www.csb.gov/us-chemical-safety-board-releases-2017-to-2021-strategic-plan/

2017 Omnibus Appropriations Bill Delivers More Goodies to Republicans and Democrats

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In a press conference Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) of the Senate Appropriation Committee gave themselves and their piers high marks for Omnibus Bill passage. Without Omnibus passage government shutdown would have been imminent damaging a sluggish economy that grew less than 2% in the 1st quarter.

However, by avoiding government shutdown America’s national debt will continue to rise, seemingly pleasing both Democrats and Republicans. In a statement Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) said “this bill allocates so much revenue to new programs it’s going to be hard spending it all but we’ll do our best.”

In a separate statement Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) said “I can’t wait to spend, it’s like xMas all over again, the bill even sets aside funds to eliminate Puerto Rico’s debt, who could ask for more?” Probably the American taxpayer could ask for more but responses to bill passage have been nonexistent. Perhaps in this bipartisan atmosphere taxpayers are happy taking it in the shorts from big business and government? More can be found at https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/news/majority/cochran-presses-for-passage-of-fy2017-omnibus-appropriations