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ChemAlliance Needs Your Feedback

Those of you who have subscribed to P2TECH for a long time know that
I don't ask for favors very often.  Well, this is one of those times....

Besides, if you deal with the chemical industry, you'll be helping yourself
as well.....

Thanks in advance, 
Scott ("Clueless in Seattle") Butner


Do you provide technical or regulatory compliance assistance to 
chemical manufacturers, blenders, storage facilities, or transporters?  If 
you do, ChemAlliance wants to hear from you!

ChemAlliance (www.chemalliance.org) is an online Compliance 
Assistance Center, established specifically to assist the chemical 
manufacturing industry (and the technical assistance providers who 
work with the industry) to better understand the regulations and 
environmental strategies which are critical to their business success.  
We provide original articles, frequent news updates on matters 
affecting the industry, and a directory of online resources of benefit to 
environmental managers and others with the responsibility for 
environmental management.  We provide this service free of charge 
via our web site and online discussion list, as well as by automated 
fax-back service.  We were recently chosen by the editors of the Dow 
Jones Business Directory (http://bd.dowjones.com) as a "Select Site" for 
the chemicals industry, for providing exceptional value to users.   

But improvement is always possible.  So, as part of our continuous 
improvement process, we are collecting feedback from users and 
prospective users of ChemAlliance.  As members of the technical 
assistance community, we are asking you to complete an on-line 
survey located at http://www.chemalliance.org/survey99/index.asp.  
Completing the survey takes just a few minutes, and can be done 
anonymously.  The input collected from this survey will help us 
continue to refine the site, and will help us evaluate our effectiveness.

At ChemAlliance, we are committed to using feedback from our users 
to improve the site.  Informal feedback collected through our first year 
of operation has already been put to use in improving the site.  For 
example, over the next few months, we will be significantly increasing 
the amount of pollution prevention information which is available 
through our site, by adding a pollution prevention case study and BMP 
database to our popular "Virtual Plant Tour" feature.  We have recently 
expanded our chemical industry news collection network, and will 
continue to add links to valuable compliance, EMS and pollution 
prevention resources to our site.  The information you provide through 
this online survey will help us make the site even better.   If you have 
any questions or comments about ChemAlliance, or about the survey, I 
would welcome your calls or e-mails.  If you know of someone who 
may be interested in the site, I hope you'll pass this e-mail along.


ChemAlliance was established under the EPA's Office of Enforcement 
and Compliance Assurance CAC Program (the same folks who 
brought you sector-specific compliance assistance sites for the 
printing, automotive, metal finishing, local government, agricultural and 
PWB sectors).  Information about the OECA program (and a list of 
links to all of the sector-specific Compliance Centers) is available at 
http://es.epa.gov/oeca/mfcac.html.  ChemAlliance began operations in 
October 1998, with close cooperation from key industry trade 
associations including the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers 
Association (SOCMA), the National Association of Chemical 
Distributors (NACD) and the Chemical Manufacturers Association 

ChemAlliance is strictly an online resource.  We do not provide direct
on-site technical assistance, believing that role to be best served by local
assistance providers and/or private sector providers.  Instead, we support
the industry by providing improved access to online information and tools
which can be used to improve environmental performance while benefiting the 
bottom line.

ChemAlliance is operated by staff from Michigan Technological 
University, the University of Wisconsin, and Pacific Northwest National 
Laboratory.  ChemAlliance was made possible in large part due to 
funding provided by the  US Environmental Protection Agency under 
assistance agreement CX825919-01-1. 


Scott Butner (butner@battelle.org) 
Technical Director, ChemAlliance
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
4500 Sandpoint Way, Seattle WA   98105
(206)-528-3290 voice/(206)-528-3552 fax