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ANSI's Webcast Provides Interactive Forum for Industry, SDOs and Government Agencies to Discuss Pressing Environmental Issues

ANSI Announces Program Information Including Agenda, Speakers, Fees, Connection Instructions

New York, Mar 18, 2002

Presented in real-time over the World Wide Web, the ANSI Environmental Webcast will provide the opportunity for U.S. standards developers to dialogue with representatives of government agencies responsible for coordinating and implementing U.S. environmental policies and legislation.

David Karmol, ANSI director of public policy and government affairs, noted, "ANSI is sponsoring the environmental webcast as a venue for industry representatives and standards developers to discuss strategic and practical approaches to focusing scarce resources for environmental programs at the federal, state and local levels. The time is ripe for a discussion on public/private sector partnerships in environmental protection, especially considering the increasing trend to use voluntary consensus standards as alternatives to regulatory rulemaking." [Editor's note: According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in the year 2000, 28 federal government agencies and cabinet-level departments used 5,453 voluntary consensus standards in new or revised regulations-more than double the amount reported in 1999.]

This interactive, video-streamed webcast will take place on Monday, April 22, 2002 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (Eastern time). The subject matter has been tailored to focus on the needs of industry executives, environmental advocates, trade and professional organization officials, consumers and government representatives with environmental responsibilities. The program agenda, registration information, speaker biographies and connection instructions have been posted to the events section of ANSI Online, the Institute's homepage on the World Wide Web. To access this information, please log on to http://www.ansi.org/events/environment/webcast.html.

Featured panelists include officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which develops and enforces regulations under existing environmental laws and is responsible for researching and setting national standards for a variety of environmental programs. Dr. Mary McKiel, EPA Standards Executive and vice-chairman of the ANSI Board of Directors, will serve as moderator for the session. Joining her from the EPA will be Susan Hazen, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances. [Editor's note: An additional EPA representative whose participation is currently pending has been invited to speak on the panel as well; please check the Environmental Webcast agenda in the Events section of ANSI Online for future updates.]

Also featured on the panel will be James Connaughton, chairman of the President's Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), which oversees the development of environmental policy and coordinates interagency implementation of environmental programs. Mr. Connaughton also serves as the senior environmental advisor the President as well as director of the White House Office of Environmental Policy.

Providing insight from the private sector, Captain William Wright, senior vice-president for Safety and Environment at Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL), will discuss his company's successful implementation of the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) Environmental Management Systems. RCCL is an ISO 14001 certified company with a large fleet of environmentally advanced cruise vessels. [Editor's note: Companies seeking more information about the ISO 14000 Environmental Management Systems should check the new ISO 14000 Compendium, 2nd ed., which is available from ANSI's Electronic Standards Store.]

Registration fees for the webcast are $75 for ANSI members and $95 for non-members; the deadline to register is Thursday, April 18, 2002. Registered participants will receive complete information on connecting to the webcast, online access to the two-hour event, participation in the online discussion via fax or email and advance copies of two background white papers developed specifically for the program ("Federalism and the Voluntary Standards Process" and "Principles of Effective Conformity Assessment and Their Practical Application").

"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 attendant expenses that that entails," explained Karmol. "The innovative approach of the webcast is a great way to leverage modern technology to deliver more value to members."

For additional information on registration, please contact ANSI's New York office at 212.642.4900 or membership@ansi.org. For program information, please contact the Institute's Washington office at 202.293.8020 or dkarmol@ansi.org.

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