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Safety Board Nominee Faces Questions on Science, Agency Mission

Sept. 11, 2019, 7:17 PM

Senators questioned President Donald Trump’s nominee to join the agency tasked with investigating industrial chemical accidents, asking about her belief in climate change and how she would support an agency the president has tried to defund in past budget requests.

“Donald Trump has tried to eliminate the Chemical Safety Board—will you support the mission of the organization?” ranking member Sen. Tom Carper (D–Del.) asked Katherine Lemos during the two-hour confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Sept. 11.

Lemos, most recently the director of autonomy research and technology at Northrop Grumman Corp., also fielded questions...

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