Carol Browner to Keynote National Journal Policy Summit on the Past, Present & Future of the Clean Air Act

(December 3, 2012)


On Wednesday, December 5, National Journal will host former Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy Carol Browner for "Legacy of the Clean Air Act: Looking Back, Moving Forward," a National Journal LIVE policy summit. The summit will take a substantive look at the promise of the Clean Air Act, its legacy after 40 years, and a look ahead to its future with the new Congress and Administration.

With the passage of the Clean Air Act in 1970 and subsequent amendments, Congress established sweeping public health safeguards to protect the public – including those most vulnerable to the impacts of air pollution, children, the elderly and low-income communities – against the dangerous levels of air pollution filling our nation's skies. Implementation and enforcement of the law has not been without debate, especially from those who are required to update business practices or install pollution control technology who argue that the law's requirements are too expensive for a fragile economy. Has EPA delivered on Congress' promise of clean air for all people, or is there still work to be done to protect public health with an "adequate margin of safety"? What changes to the Clean Air Act might better protect public health more quickly and effectively, without placing an undue burden on the economy? And finally, looking ahead to 2013, what are some of the most important challenges that should be addressed by a new Congress and second Obama administration?

National Journal energy and environment correspondent Amy Harder will moderate the keynote one-on-one interview with Carol Browner, followed by an expert panel discussion.


Amy Harder, Energy and Environment Correspondent, National Journal

Keynote Interview:
Carol Browner, Former Administrator of the EPA; Former Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy; Distinguished Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; Senior Counselor, Albright Stonebridge Group

Panel Discussion:
Paul Bailey, Senior Vice President for Federal Affairs & Policy, American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity
David K. Markarian
, Vice President of Governmental Affairs, NextEra Energy, Inc.
Ali Mirzakhalili, Director of Air Quality Division, State of Delaware
Jerome A. Paulson, MD, FAAP, Medical Director, Child Health Advocacy Institute at Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC
John D. Walke, Director of Clean Air Programs, Natural Resources Defense Council


The briefing will be held at the Newseum's Knight Broadcast Studio, 3rd Floor (555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. It will be live-streamed online at Follow along with the Twitter hashtag #NJCleanAir.

This event is hosted by National Journal and underwritten by the American Lung Association. To RSVP, please contact Nichole Redmond at


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