CSB Deploying Two Senior Leadership Members to Chemtool Facility in Illinois

U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), June 21, 2021

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) is deploying two of its senior leadership members to Rockton, IL where a significant fire incident occurred at the Chemtool manufacturing facility on June 14th. David LaCerte, Acting Managing Director, and Stephen Klejst, Executive Director – Investigations and Recommendations, will engage with Federal, State and local emergency responders, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and others to determine the conditions and circumstances that led to the incident and to identify the cause or causes so similar incidents might be prevented.

The CSB is an independent agency and frequently engages with other organizations through Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) during its investigations. The EPA, under the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan, has direct responsibilities associated with emergency response. After the coordinated emergency response has occurred, and the site has been opened for investigation, the CSB will use an “all-cause” approach to discharge its investigatory duties. The MOU between the CSB and EPA is not intended and does not affect the conduct of a criminal investigation. The on-scene incident commander, Rockton Fire Chief Kirk Wilson, said the DOJ/ATF asked him to announce that there was no suspicious or criminal activity regarding this incident – meaning with respect to cause and origin.

Managing Director LaCerte and Executive Director Klejst will gather information from the incident site and make a recommendation on how best to proceed.

About the CSB

The CSB’s core mission activities include conducting incident investigations; formulating preventive or mitigative recommendations based on investigation findings and advocating for their implementation; issuing reports containing the findings, conclusions, and recommendations arising from incident investigations; and conducting studies on chemical hazards. The agency's board members are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. The Board does not issue citations or fines but makes safety recommendations to companies, industry organizations, labor groups, and regulatory agencies such as OSHA and EPA. For more information visit or contact Communications Manager Hillary Cohen at or by phone at 202.446.8094.

Comments and Discussion

There are no comments yet.

Add a Comment

Please log in or register to participate in comments and discussions.

Inspectioneering Journal

Explore over 20 years of articles written by our team of subject matter experts.

Company Directory

Find relevant products, services, and technologies.

Training Solutions

Improve your skills in key mechanical integrity subjects.

Case Studies

Learn from the experience of others in the industry.


Inspectioneering's index of mechanical integrity topics – built by you.

Industry News

Stay up-to-date with the latest inspection and asset integrity management news.


Read short articles and insights authored by industry experts.

Expert Interviews

Inspectioneering's archive of interviews with industry subject matter experts.

Event Calendar

Find upcoming conferences, training sessions, online events, and more.


Downloadable eBooks, Asset Intelligence Reports, checklists, white papers, and more.

Videos & Webinars

Watch educational and informative videos directly related to your profession.


Commonly used asset integrity management and inspection acronyms.