THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES GERALD V. POJE AS A MEMBER OF THE CHEMICAL
SAFETY AND HAZARD INVESTIGATION BOARD
President Clinton today announced his intent to nominate Gerald V. Poje as a member of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSHIB).
Dr. Gerald V. Poje of Vienna, Virginia, has served as a Member of the CSHIB since January 1998. Dr. Poje is a specialist in toxicology and policies dealing with chemical hazards. He has worked with the Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to promote global remediation and contingency planning around Y2K problems. From 1992 to 1997, he directed the international programs and public health for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. His work encompassed issues of disease prevention, health promotion and environmental justice. From 1991 to 1992, Dr. Poje was Vice President for Research at Green Seal. From 1986 to 1991, he served as senior scientist for the National Wildlife Federation. From 1982 to 1985, Dr. Poje was an Assistant Professor of Zoology at Miami University. Dr. Poje served at New York University in several capacities; from 1977 to 1982, as Research Scientist at the Institute for Environmental Medical Center and from 1974 to 1976, as teaching assistant at the Department of Biology.
Dr. Poje received his B.A. from Washington Square College, and his M.A. and Ph.D from New York University.
The Clean Air Act of 1990 established the independent CSHIB. The purpose of the CSHIB is to investigate chemical accidents and report the facts, conditions, circumstances and probable cause of any accidental release resulting in a fatality, serious injury or substantial property damages. The CSHIB shall make these reports to Congress, the public, and the appropriate Federal agencies. The CSHIB shall also work to reduce the consequences of chemical incidents and their occurrence through improved chemical processes, productions, handling and storage.