Senate Environment and Public Works Committee chairman Jim Inhofe is calling on President Obama to demand the resignation of the troubled head of a troubled safety agency over management issues and charges that he violated the Federal Records Act by using personal email.
In a letter to the White House obtained by National Journal, the Oklahoma Republican and Republican Sen. Michael Rounds of South Dakota say that Chemical Safety Board chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso should be removed before his term ends in a few months because of a "record of failed CSB leadership."
The letter comes a week after members on both sides of the aisle at a House Oversight Committee called for Moure-Eraso's resignation at a testy hearing. It marks the first time that the Senate has weighed in on CSB management.
Moure-Eraso's term ends in June, but the senators write that "it is our strong view that restoring the public's confidence in the CSB cannot wait that long, saying the agency "can no longer continue to operate credibly under this leadership."
"There is no doubt that the CSB serves a critical public safety role," the letter states. "However, based on the aforementioned findings, there is also no doubt that Chairman Moure-Eraso has lost the confidence of CSB staff, the EPA [Inspector General], and members of both parties in Congress."