Energy considers overhaul for agency overseeing health, safety

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Deputy Energy Secretary Clay Sell said today that agency officials are considering merging the Office of Environment, Safety and Health into other D-O-E agencies.

The Office of Environment, Safety and Health is in charge of establishing health and safety rules for the roughly 130-thousand people who work for the department and its contractors.

The office also oversees health studies and medical screening programs and environmental impact statements related to agency activities.

Sell said the office has had varying levels of success over the years and that the proposed change would strengthen the agency and make it more efficient.

Democrats, however, are concerned about the merging is more of a demotion and could lessen the emphasis placed on issues within the department.