GOP reps call for ‘immediate change’ at chemical board

Six Republican House members sent a letter Monday asking President Obama for immediate changes in the leadership of the Chemical Safety Board (CSB), following a June hearing in which Democrats joined them in calling for the board’s chairman to resign.

The representatives included House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell IssaDarrell Edward IssaThe Hill's 12:30 Report On The Money: New York AG sues to dissolve Trump Foundation | Issa tamps down rumors of consumer agency nomination | Bank regulator faces backlash over comments on racism | Cohn contradicts Trump on trade Issa tamps down rumors of consumer bureau nomination MORE (R-Calif.) and House Science Committee Chairman Lamar SmithLamar Seeligson SmithLawmakers scold NASA for cost overruns Big Tobacco’s smoke and mirrors revived by Pruitt’s science transparency policy Freedom Caucus bruised but unbowed in GOP primary fights MORE (R-Texas). They reiterated sharp criticisms that many representatives told CSB Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso at the June Oversight Committee hearing, which itself followed an investigation by both committees.

“The joint investigation found that under Chairman Moure-Eraso, CSB leadership engaged in a pattern of hostility toward career staff and whistleblowers who reported concerns to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel,” the congressmen wrote. The CSB investigates major chemical incidents and makes recommendations to prevent them.

At the hearing, Rep. Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyLawmakers, media serve up laughs at annual 'Will on the Hill' Overnight Energy: Trump praises Pruitt for doing 'great job' | Lawmakers want criminal probe of Pruitt | Heckler brings lotion bottle to Pruitt speech Lawmakers call for criminal investigation into EPA chief MORE (D-Va.) told the chairman he had “serious questions about your fitness to hold your job.” Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsConsultant with energy clients helped Pruitt get Rose Bowl tickets Five takeaways on the IG’s scathing report on the FBI Top Dems: IG report shows Comey's actions helped Trump win election MORE (D-Md.) said “it is clear that there are serious management problems that need to be addressed,” and Issa declared “you have failed in your requirement to be a chief executive.”

The Monday letter said “immediate change in CSB leadership is necessary to allow this besieged agency to heal and regain focus on its public safety mission.”

While the shellacking at the hearing was bipartisan, no Democrats signed onto Monday’s letter.