Center for American Progress

: Securing Our Nations’s Chemical Facilities
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Securing Our Nations’s Chemical Facilities

New Strategies to Protect America

12:00 AM - 11:59 PM EDT

New Strategies to Protect America
Securing Our Nation’s Chemical Facilities

April 6, 2005
More than three years after 9/11, our chemical manufacturing and transport facilities remain extremely vulnerable to terrorist attacks. Industry has taken some steps voluntarily to enhance physical security, but a more effective approach should involve reducing or eliminating the risk and impact of terrorism on the American people and the economy. Fortunately, hazard reduction techniques are readily available.

Video & Transcript
• Full Event: Video
• Philip J. Crowley: Video
• Linda Greer: Video
• James W. Conrad, Jr.: Video
• Research Paper: Full text
• Transcript: Full text

Note: All video provided in Windows Media format.

James W. Conrad, Jr. is an Assistant General Counsel at the American Chemistry Council. He has primary legal responsibility for security issues, and also provides legal and policy counsel in support of ACC’s regulatory, legislative and judicial advocacy in the areas of information and science policy and enforcement. In more than a decade with the Council, he has also led the Council’s advocacy regarding environmental innovation legislation and programs, governmental management of environmental information, hazardous/solid waste, and air monitoring. Mr. Conrad has also managed the association’s environmental legal staff. In 2001, he founded the Performance Track Participants Association. Mr. Conrad spent eight years in private practice with the Washington, D.C. offices of Davis, Graham & Stubbs and Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, where his responsibilities encompassed regulatory advocacy, counseling, litigation and transactional work under all the major federal environmental statutes and numerous state laws. For most of a decade he represented conservation groups on a pro bono basis in a variety of matters involving marine mammals and bald eagles. He has chaired the City of Alexandria, Virginia Environmental Policy Commission and served on the Bush-Cheney Transition Advisory Committee for EPA. He is also active in the American Bar Association’s sections on Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice and Environment, Energy & Resources. He is a graduate of GW Law School and Haverford College.
Philip J. (P.J.) Crowley is a Senior Fellow and Director of National Defense and Homeland Security at the Center for American Progress. During the Clinton administration, Crowley was Special Assistant to the President of the United States for National Security Affairs, serving as Senior Director of Public Affairs for the National Security Council. Prior to that, he was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. In all, Crowley was a spokesman for the United States government and United States military for 28 years, 11 of those years at the Pentagon and three at the White House. He served for 26 years in the United States Air Force, retiring at the rank of colonel in September 1999. He is a veteran of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. During the Kosovo conflict, he was temporarily assigned to work with then NATO Secretary General Javier Solana. Prior to joining American Progress, he served as a national spokesman for the property/casualty insurance industry, focusing on strategic industry issues that included the impact of terrorism on commercial insurance in the aftermath of the World Trade Center tragedy and the effect of asbestos litigation on the broader economy. A native of Massachusetts, P.J. is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and an avid Red Sox fan and golfer. He is married to Paula E. Kougeas, also a retired Air Force colonel and now a teacher. They live in Alexandria, Virginia, with their children, Mary and Christopher.
Linda Greer is a Senior Scientist and Director of NRDC’s public health program. She specializes in issues related to toxic chemicals and hazardous waste, currently focusing on pollution prevention opportunities at large industrial facilities. Linda is also the author of numerous technical and policy articles on environmental matters, and she has frequently testified before Congress. Previously, Linda was technical director at the Hazardous Waste Treatment Council in Washington, D.C. She received her doctorate in Environmental Toxicology from the University of Maryland and her master’s degree in environmental sciences and engineering from the University of North Carolina’s School of Public Health.