Judges Eye Restoring CSB Power To Subpoena Data On ‘Potential’ Releases

November 26, 2019
Appellate judges are suggesting they may overturn a lower court ruling that limited the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board’s (CSB) ability, as part of an accident investigation, to subpoena documents to study risks of “potential” releases of hazardous chemicals into the environment. During Nov. 4 oral argument in USA v. Exxon Mobil Corporation , Judge Michelle T. Friedland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit signaled that the three-judge panel may need to correct a “legal...

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