September 4, 2003

Kipp Coddington to Chair and Speak at Homeland Security Conference for the Utility Industry

Authority on Homeland Security to Lead Electric Industry Event on Disaster Response and Recovery Planning

The events of 9/11 redefined business continuity plans, infrastructure protection, emergency preparedness and planning, and disaster recovery for all organizations nationwide. More recently, the unprecedented scale of the August blackout reaffirmed the critical role of electric utilities in the Nation’s infrastructure. Recognizing the need for utilities to develop comprehensive plans that address response to and recovery from all threats – natural hazards, technological failures, or terrorism – the Center for Business Intelligence will hold a conference entitled “PREPARE FOR DISASTER RESPONSE AND RECOVERY FOR THE ELECTRIC INDUSTRY: TERRORISM, WEATHER AND CUSTOMER OUTAGES” on October 2-3, 2003 in Alexandria, Virginia. Alston & Bird attorney Kipp A. Coddington will chair the event, underscoring the firm’s leadership in legal and policy matters related to homeland security.

In addition to chairing the conference, Kipp Coddington will speak on legal and policy issues that utilities and other companies should consider when they formulate critical infrastructure policies or deal with the Department of Homeland Security or other security-related government agencies. Those issues include antitrust protections under the Defense Production Act and information disclosure in the context of the Freedom of Information Act.

Kipp Coddington is counsel in Alston & Bird’s Environmental and Land Use Group and a member of the firm’s International Trade and Regulatory Group, resident in the Washington, D.C. office. A former member of the Central Intelligence Agency,
Mr. Coddington’s practice focuses on security, energy, transportation and environmental issues, with an emphasis on matters arising under the Clean Air Act and hazardous materials transportation. He has extensive litigation, counseling and legislative experience under a variety of international and domestic requirements pertaining to chemicals and the environment. Coddington has developed a particular expertise in the use of risk assessment techniques to mitigate legal and policy concerns associated with human exposure to various agents.

To register for this event, call 1-800-817-8601 or visit
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