CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- U.S. Chemical Safety Board officials continue to delay the release of a report on a series of DuPont Belle Plant issues, including the January 2010 phosgene leak that killed a longtime DuPont worker.
Board members have twice voted down proposals by Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso to issue the report, either with or without a related public meeting in the Kanawha Valley.
In part, the report is being held up by a conflict between Moure-Eraso, an appointee by President Obama, and three members of the five-member board who are holdovers from the George W. Bush administration.
Two of those holdover members -- William Wright and William Wark -- did not return phone calls last week, and the third, board member John Bresland, refused to describe in any detail the underlying disputes among the board factions.
"I'm not going to get into those or any issues that like," Bresland said in a phone interview.
Over the last few months, Bresland joined Wark and Wright in voting down proposals for issuing the DuPont report. The report has been completed, and portions of it shared with DuPont and other government officials.
First, the three board members objected to Moure-Eraso's proposal to issue the report without a public meeting. Then, they voted down his proposal to distribute it at a meeting, but with rules limiting board members to discussing only the DuPont report and not other matters.
Bresland refused to explain exactly what other matter he or the other board members wanted to discuss at such a meeting. But previously, board members tabled -- for possible vote at the next public board meeting -- a proposal to strip Moure-Eraso of his ability to handle certain agency personnel matters. That proposal was made after Moure-Eraso hired his own lawyer to act as the board chairman's counsel.