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Date:         Fri, 16 Nov 2001 11:46:29 -0500
Subject:      New DEQ Press Release - 11/16/01
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November 16, 2001

Contact: Ken Silfven
(517) 241-7397

DEQ Taps Veteran Manager for Preparedness Assignment
Yearlong appointment will focus on readiness against terrorist attacks

Veteran state environmental manager Al Howard has been given a 1-year 
assignment assessing the private sector's ability to prevent and respond to 
terrorist attacks, Department of Environmental Quality Director Russell 
Harding announced today.

Howard currently serves as chief of the DEQ's Environmental Response 
Division.  In his new duties, which are effective Nov. 26, Howard will be 
the agency's point man in charge of assessing statewide facilities 
regulated by the DEQ that potentially could be targets of terrorist threats 
or attacks.

"The horrific attacks waged against our nation illustrate the need for 
public- and private-sector cooperation in identifying and addressing 
potential vulnerabilities," Harding said.  "The state of Michigan has acted 
swiftly and responsibly to ensure the safety of its residents.  This 
appointment is one more prudent step in our overall strategy.  It also 
marks another chapter in Al's distinguished career as a public servant and 
environmental steward.  Al's years of experience and environmental 
expertise make him eminently qualified to tackle this assignment."

Howard will work with members of the regulated community and local 
emergency service agencies to evaluate facilities that may be potential 
targets of terrorism, such as drinking water plants, wastewater facilities, 
power plants, chemical manufacturers and landfills.  The responsibility 
does not include state-owned or state-leased buildings.

He will work with the facilities to ensure that preparedness programs are 
regularly evaluated and that facility resources are allocated to improve 
and sustain their readiness.  Howard will then compile a final report on 
his findings for review by the DEQ and state emergency management officials.

Current assistant division chief Andy Hogarth will serve as acting division 
chief during Howard's temporary assignment.


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