In an e-mail interview, Moure-Eraso said he is concerned that other board members "have differing views on how the agency should be governed, the authority of the chairman, the priority among different investigations, and the role of the CSB in making specific regulatory and oversight recommendations.
"None of these issues related at all to the DuPont report and would simply distract from what the residents of Charleston and Belle communities are interested in hearing," Moure-Eraso said. "That's why I've been seeking to make the CSB DuPont report available to the public as soon as possible and have a meeting focused on that topic -- just like all our previous CSB public meetings in West Virginia and elsewhere."
Board members are now considering a proposal by Moure-Eraso to issue the DuPont report and hold a 45-day public comment period, without a public hearing.
"I recommend prompt approval of this notation item, in part because the board has not yet been able to agree on the exact terms of a public meeting in Charleston, WV, on the DuPont-Belle incidents," Moure-Eraso said in a June 8 memo to the board.
"The draft report contains vital safety information on the handling of highly toxic compressed gases, including phosgene," the memo said. "I believe the CSB has a compelling duty to make this information available to the public, the industry, and regulators, without further delay, as failure to do so may pose a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety."
Board votes, which are conducted privately, are not due until June 22.
This is the second time that the public release of a major board report on a Kanawha Valley plant has been delayed. The release of a report on the August 2008 explosion that killed two workers at the Bayer CropScience plant in Institute ran into numerous delays.
Reach Ken Ward Jr. at kw...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1702.