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Mark Farley Comments on CSB Challenges to Bloomberg BNA

Firm News | July 5, 2017

Mark Farley, co-head of the Environmental and Workplace Safety practice, spoke with Bloomberg BNA's Occupational Safety & Health Reporter on how uncertainties involving the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) and its future are complicating ongoing investigations. Mark indicated that the CSB appears to be making contingency plans should there be a disruption in appropriations. The President's proposed budget contemplates suspending the operation of the independent agency. Mark stated, "[Investigators] have been told to be in a position to conclude their investigations by the end of the fiscal year." At a minimum, investigators should have their findings ready to be published either as a report or a shorter "lessons learned" document. Additionally, he noted concerns should investigators leave the CSB as a result of this fiscal uncertainty. "I know investigators who are thinking that way," Farley said. ("Shutdown Threat Risks Stalling Work, Pushing Out Staff," July 5, 2017)