AGC HOSTS FEDERAL OFFICIALS HONORING 3-DIGIT DIALING CHAMPION
AGC's Capitol Hill Townhouse was the location where OSHA, NTSB, USDOT and Office of Pipeline Safety Officials gathered with industry representatives to honor Congressman Chris John for sponsoring nationwide 3-digit dialing for one-call in the Pipeline Safety Act.
Alexandria, VA – July 9, 2004 – On July 8th, the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) honored Rep. Christopher John for his contribution to the establishment of a 3-digit nationwide telephone number for excavation notification. CGA President, Jim Barron, presented Rep. John with an award during a luncheon held at the Associated General Contractors of America office in Washington, DC. Representatives of the Office of Pipeline Safety, National Transportation Safety Board, industry associations, and the CGA Board of Directors attended the event. “The CGA applauds Congressman John for his commitment to this worthwhile endeavor,” said Bob Kipp, CGA Executive Director. “The CGA firmly believes that the implementation of a 3-digit number will help reduce fatalities and injuries to American workers doing excavation work on our infrastructure, and our organization recognizes Congressman John for his tireless effort in supporting this initiative.”
Rep. John championed a provision included in the “Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002” that called for the implementation of a “3-digit nationwide toll-free telephone number system to be used by State one-call notification systems.” President George W. Bush signed the act into law on December 17, 2002; and recently on May 13, 2004, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted unanimously to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking establishing the number. “The one-call notification process and “calling before you dig” is a vital part of the damage prevention process,” said Vic Weston, CGA Officer. “Congressman John has greatly supported an initiative that will transform the one-call process in the United States. The CGA as well as the damage preventioncommunity greatly appreciates his contribution.”
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The Common Ground Alliance is a non-profit organization leading the national effort to reduce damages to pipelines and other underground facilities through shared responsibility among all stakeholders. The CGA works to prevent damage to the underground infrastructure by: fostering a sense of shared responsibility for the protection of underground facilities; supporting research; developing and conducting public awareness and education programs; identifying and disseminating the stakeholder best practices such as those embodied in the Common Ground Study; and serving as aclearinghouse for damage data collection, analysis and dissemination.
For more information about the CGA, please visit www.commongroundalliance.com.
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