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Source: Con Edison, Inc.


For Immediate Release: July 29, 1998

CON EDISON'S TRANSPORTATION AND STORES OPERATION EARNS INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION

Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., (Con Edison) announced today that the environmental management system at its Transportation and Stores operation has been certified by the prestigious International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Certification by the ISO, based in Geneva, Switzerland, verifies that an organization has a comprehensive environmental management system in place that is being properly implemented. Included in the criteria for ISO 14001 series certification are requirements for an environmental policy, operational controls, target objectives, top management commitment, training programs and a rigorous self-audit and corrective-action program. Only about 150 companies are currently certified in the United States.

The certification was granted by Lloyds Register, an accredited third-party quality assurance registrar, after an intensive two-part audit that documented Con Edison's commitment to the environment within its multi-facility Transportation and Stores operation.

"Certification to the ISO 14001 Standard is a hard-earned accomplishment that documents Con Edison's unyielding commitment to environmental excellence," said Richard Conforti, Con Edison vice president, transportation and stores. "I'm very proud of our employees. Their efforts have propelled Con Edison into a leadership role in managing environmental systems."

Con Edison's certified system covers the areas of warehousing, waste management, fleet operations, fleet services, rigging, garage services, material testing and equipment/instrument calibration and repair. Unlike most companies whose certification covers only one facility, all 17 of the facilities in the Transportation and Stores operation are included, making it one of the largest utility operations in the world covered by a single certificate.

As part of the ongoing process to maintain certification, surveillance audits will be conducted at Transportation and Stores facilities every six months to ensure adherence to the requirements of the ISO 14001 series standard.

The Transportation and Stores operation consists of 650 employees. It is chiefly responsible for the transportation and storage of all Con Edison materials, equipment and waste streams. Members of the department work closely with Con Edison's Environment, Health and Safety department, which is responsible for corporate environmental policy, to ensure compliance with all applicable environmental rules and regulations.

The International Organization for Standardization is a worldwide federation founded in 1947 to promote the development of international manufacturing, trade and communication standards. It is composed of 116 members from 70 countries. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is the United States representative to the ISO.

Con Edison is one of the nation's largest utility companies, with more than $7 billion in annual revenues and approximately $15 billion in assets. The company, a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc., provides electric, gas and steam service to more than three million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York. \n\n\n\n\n

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