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ANSI Presents the ENVIRONMENTAL SUMMIT WEBCAST: Opportunities for Industry, SDO's and Regulators in Environmental Protection


New York, Feb 08, 2002

The ANSI Environmental Summit Webcast, scheduled to take place on Monday, April 22, 2002, will explore how the standards community can work with U.S. government policy makers to help reduce regulatory burdens and redirect resources to focus on crucial environmental concerns.

Sponsored by ANSI, this interactive, video-streamed webcast is designed to reach state environmental protection officials, top industry executives, and trade and professional organization officials. The discussion will include strategies and practical approaches for using the voluntary consensus standards process and conformity assessment to:

  • Increase federalism (i.e., federal/state power sharing) to ensure decisions affecting the environment have local involvement and are tailored to local needs
  • Achieve compliance with environmental standards using various conformity assessment means to greatly reduce the need for government inspections
  • Use the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14000 Environmental Management System to demonstrate to regulators and the public an organization's commitment to environmentally sound practices

"Ordinarily, to receive this kind of a high-level policy briefing, you would need to come to Washington for a one- or two-day event with all the expenses that entails," explained David Karmol, the ANSI's director of public policy and government affairs and the webcast's organizer. "The webcast allows you to receive the same information at a reasonable fee."

Dr. Mary McKiel, standards executive for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and vice-chairman of ANSI Board of Directors will open the discussion and introduce Mr. James Connaughton, chairman of the President's Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), which coordinates environmental policy for the U.S. government. Joining Mr. Connaughton are guest speakers Ms. Susan Hazen, deputy assistant administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances, Captain William Wright of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, an ISO 14001-certified company and Mr. Tomas J. Gibson, assistant administrator of EPA's Office for Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances. Audience participants will have the opportunity to fax or email their comments and questions during the webcast for a true interactive experience.

Individuals who register for the webcast will receive two current white papers, entitled "Federalism and the Voluntary Standards Process" and "Principles of Conformity Assessment." In addition, instructions on accessing the webcast video and how to participate in the discussion will also be disseminated.

"This is a unique opportunity to see and hear a live discussion among key Administration policymakers and a top industry executive," said Karmol. "Through the written material, the discussion and by posing questions to the panel, the audience 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 such as the ISO 14000 Standard, and the various means of conformity assessment available to prove compliance with such a standard."

Further details regarding the Environmental Summit Webcast will be distributed in the near future. For specific questions regarding the webcast's content, please contact David Karmol at 202.331.3610 or dkarmol@ansi.org.

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