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ANSI Environmental Webcast Goes 'Live' on Earth Day

Updated Speaker Information and Background Material Now Available

New York, Apr 08, 2002

Set to go live on "Earth Day," Monday, April 22, 2002, the ANSI Environmental Webcast features two additional influential government agency representatives: Dr. Robert D. Stephens from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of California and Mr. Stephen Johnson from the EPA Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances. [Editor's note: Dr. Stephens is replacing Mr. Thomas Gibson and Mr. Johnson is replacing Ms. Susan Hazen both of whom were previously scheduled to participate in the webcast.]

Broadcast in real-time over the Internet from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, this interactive, video-streamed Webcast is a one-time event that will connect environmental regulators with standards developers and industry representatives for a strategic and practical discussion of how to focus scarce resources for environmental programs at the federal, state and local levels.

Dr. Stephens is currently assistant secretary for Environmental Management and Sustainability with the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA). In this capacity, he leads the Cal/EPA program on regulatory innovation based environmental management systems (EMS), public-private partnerships and environmental and economic sustainability. Designated the Cal/EPA official and chairman of the Multi-State Working Group (MSWG) on EMS, he represents California's perspective and progress of the implementation of the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) Environmental Management System (EMS, ISO 14000). MSWG is a national partnership, evaluating the ISO 14000 standards and related EMSs as a public policy tool and how such tools could be used to achieve sustainability on a national level.

The panel of public- and private-sector experts will examine the federal government's current environmental policy and the increasing trend of using voluntary consensus standards, including ISO 14000, and related conformity assessment programs as alternatives to rulemaking. In addition to Dr. Stephens, the panel will feature EPA representatives Dr. Mary McKiel, standards executive and webcast moderator, and Mr. Stephen Johnson, assistant administrator for the Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances. Dr. McKiel stated, "Mr. Johnson is a wonderful addition to the program. He is a political appointee of the Administration and heads the office within EPA where most of the product-related regulations are written."

Additional public-sector viewpoints will be forthcoming from Mr. James Connaughton, chairman of the President's Council on Environmental Quality, who recently co-wrote a letter to all federal agencies expressing the current administration's support of increasing the number of private and federal facilities using EMS. A copy of the letter sent to EPA administrator, Christine Todd Whitman, is currently posted to ANSI Online. Representing the private-sector, Captain William Wright, senior vice-president for Safety and Environment at Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Inc., will discuss the benefits of becoming an ISO 14001 certified company.

Registered webcast participants will receive two background white papers, "Federalism and the Voluntary Standards Process" and "Principles of Conformity Assessment," as well as access and participation instructions. ANSI's director of public policy and government affairs and webcast coordinator, David Karmol, noted, "Through the two background white papers, the discussion and by posing questions to the panel, participants will understand the key themes of the federal government's current environmental policy, the benefits of using voluntary consensus standards and participating in their development and the various means of conformity assessment available to prove compliance with such a standard."

Each registration is valid for one computer terminal with the option of multiple viewings by colleagues. For additional information, including the agenda, speaker biographies, registration form and connection information, please visit the Events section of ANSI Online. Please direct all other inquiries to David Karmol at 202.331.3610 or

"This is a unique opportunity to receive up to the minute information about the administration's environmental policies from those responsible for developing them," explained Karnol, "and to tell policymakers how these decisions affect you and your constituents."

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