Chemical safety issues, including the status of current investigations at DuPont in LaPorte, Texas, and West Fertilizer in West, Texas, are the focus of a public business meeting planned for July 22. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board, an independent federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents, will host the public meeting at its offices in Washington, D.C.

Board Member Rick Engler credits the CSB’s new emphasis on public transparency and engagement for the public forum. The CSB will discuss:

  • The final report, recommendations and public comments received on the Caribbean Petroleum incident, a massive fire at an oil storage facility in Puerto Rico in 2009. The board may then vote on the Caribbean Petroleum report.

  • A staff presentation on the calendared recommendation to BP resulting from the CSB’s investigation into the 2005 BP America refinery explosion in Texas City, Texas.

  • Staff reports on recommendations related to California’s draft Process Safety Management rules and laboratory safety guidelines from the American Chemical Society.

  • Updates on current CSB investigations.

The meeting will be held at the CSB’s offices located at 2175 K St. NW, 4th floor, Washington, DC, 20037 from 9:30 a.m. to about 12:30 p.m. ET. Those unable to attend in person may use a call-in number: 877-691-2551 or 630-691-2747, confirmation number: 40238148. A moderated public comment period will be available for those not able to attend the meeting in person.