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NIST to Release Report and Recommendations from Investigation of World Trade Center Building 7

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 18, 2008 CONTACT:
Ben Stein
(301) 975-3097
NIST to Release Report and Recommendations from Investigation of World Trade Center Building 7
http://www.nist.gov/public_affairs/calmed/wtc_081808.html

*** Agency Will Hold Public Webcast on August 21 ***

Gaithersburg, Md. — The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards
and Technology (NIST) will hold a media briefing and live public webcast on
Aug. 21, 2008, in Gaithersburg, Md., on the findings and recommendations from
its building and fire safety investigation of the collapse of World Trade Center
Building 7 (WTC 7). WTC 7 was a 47-story building that fell nearly seven hours
after the World Trade Center (WTC) towers collapsed following the terrorist
attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The NIST WTC 7 report will present the probable collapse sequence for the building
and will provide recommendations for improving building and fire safety in other
buildings similar to WTC 7. The draft WTC 7 investigation report released at
the briefing will be open for public comment through noon Eastern Daylight Time
on Sept. 15, 2008.

Shyam Sunder, director of the NIST Building and Fire Research Laboratory and
lead investigator for the federal building and fire safety investigation of
the World Trade Center disaster, will present the report and answer questions
from reporters at the briefing. The public will be able to view the briefing
through a live webcast that
will be accessible from NIST’s WTC Web site at http://wtc.nist.gov

What: A media briefing and public webcast on the findings and recommendations
of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) report on the collapse
of World Trade Center Building 7 (WTC 7).

When: Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008 11 a.m. – Noon Eastern Daylight
Time

Web Info : The WTC investigation Web site at http://wtc.nist.gov
will contain links to the webcast as well as accompanying materials such as
the full report, news release, and accompanying visuals at the time of the briefing.

Reporters: Credentialed journalists who wish to register for the media briefing
should contact Ben Stein, (301) 975-3097, ben.stein@nist.gov