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Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release:
February 6, 2008
11:43 a.m.


NEW YORK --  Con Edison Senior Auditor Jerrold Atlas, a certified professional environmental auditor (CPEA), has been named 2008 board chairman of BEAC ─ the Board of Environmental, Health & Safety Auditor Certification.

BEAC grants professional certifications relating to environmental, health and safety (EH&S) auditing. The independent nonprofit, originally created as a joint venture between the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and the Auditing Roundtable, Inc., is dedicated to improving professional competency via rigorous certification programs.

“The CPEA designation establishes a benchmark in highly specialized areas, including environmental compliance, health and safety, and management systems,” said Atlas.

“BEAC’s recent agreement to assist Japan’s International Environment Health and Safety Governance organization in developing a certification program illustrates increasing global awareness and attention to environmental and health and safety auditing,” Atlas added.

Con Edison’s own emphasis on EH&S issues was recently spotlighted with honors and recognitions for combating greenhouse gas emissions and encouraging energy efficiency. An international award for environmental excellence was presented to the utility in London by the Financial Times and Citibank’s Private Bank. The global Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) also recognized Con Edison as the top-ranked North American utility for “climate governance.”

“Our EH&S audit program and its implementation is an integral part of our  corporate mission to provide assurance that the company is in compliance with all applicable EH&S laws and regulations,” said James O’Brien, Con Edison vice president and general auditor.  “Jerry Atlas’s leading role in BEAC illustrates an important and evolving facet of industry best practices worthy of widespread emulation and support.”

Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE: ED), one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $13 billion in annual revenues and $28 billion in assets. The utility provides electric, gas, and steam service to more than 3 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York.  For additional financial, operations, and customer service information, visit Con Edison’s Web site at

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