Chemical safety board chair says she’s rebuilding agency important to N.J.

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The independent agency that investigates chemical accidents, which had been plagued by vacancies on its board and a shortage of trained staff members, has reduced its backlog of probes and expanded its team of investigators, its chair said Wednesday. Katherine Lemos, the only remaining member of the five-person Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, told the House Energy and Commerce oversight subcommittee that the agency closed two of its 20 ongoing investigations this year and issued 19 new safety recommendations after none a year earlier. In addition, the agency hired four new inve…

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