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BSSC Second Ballot on NEHRP Guidelines on the NEHRP Guidelines for the Seismic

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To Whom It May Concern:

The Building Seismic Safety Commission Member Organization Ballot: Second
Ballot on the NEHRP Guidelines for the Seismic Rehabilitation of Existing
Buildings is due July 28, 1997.

If anyone who reads this message has or knows someone who has voting
authority for the "Second Ballot on the NEHRP Guidelines for the Seismic
Rehabilitation of Existing Buildings", I ask them to give consideration to
attaching the following wording or similar wording to their Second Ballot
transmittal letter due July 28, 1997.

"I recommend that the cover of the Guidelines cover be labeled "INTERIM"
until such time that adequate levels of independent review and case studies
have been completed, and responses to recommendations from these reviews and
case studies have been incorporated into a future version of the Guidelines."

BSSC plans to spend over $2.8 million on case studies based on the 1997 Final
Version of the "NEHRP Guidelines for the Seismic Rehabilitation of Existing
Buildings."  Until these case studies are completed and independently
reviewed, it is premature to consider these Guidelines as final and fully
usable except in a preliminary manner.   

Please pass the above message along to anyone who might have voting authority
or might be concerned about the subject Guidelines.

The address for Building Seismic Safety Council is 1201 L. Street NW, Suite
400, Washington, DC 20005.  No known e-mail address.

Thank you.


Frank E. McClure   FEMCCLURE(--nospam--at)aol.com