White House nominates current board member to chair CSB

US President George W. Bush nominated John S. Bresland, currently completing a 5-year term as a member of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, as its new chairman.

Jul 13th, 2007

Nick Snow
Washington Correspondent

WASHINGTON, DC, July 13 -- US President George W. Bush nominated John S. Bresland, currently completing a 5-year term as a member of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, as its new chairman.

Bresland would succeed current CSB chairwoman Carolyn W. Merritt whose 5-year term will expire Aug. 2.

Bush also nominated C. Russell H. Shearer, currently deputy chief for enforcement and technical matters in the US Department of Energy's health, safety, and security office, to a 5-year term as a CSB board member.

Bresland and Shearer's nominations require US senate approval. If the Senate has not acted by the time Merritt leaves, CSB has procedures to continue operating under an interim executive.

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