Legacy of the Clean Air Act: Looking Back, Moving Forward
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Washington, DC 20001
With the passage of the Clean Air Act in 1970 and subsequent amendments, Congress established sweeping public health safeguards to protect the public ncluding 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? At this event, National Journal and a panel of experts explored 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. EVENT ARCHIVE VIDEO