Navigating Climate Regulation on Dual Tracks: The Promises and Pitfalls of AB32 and the Clean Air Act

This practitioners' workshop featuring Mary Nichols of the California Air Resources Board investigates the pitfalls, synergies, and uncertainties associated with parallel climate regulation systems under the Clean Air Act and California's AB 32.

March 14, 2014 at the Robin and Albert Carnesale Commons, UCLA

What You Will Learn

Regulation of greenhouse gases is moving forward in the United States, with the most prominent efforts underway on at least two separate tracks. California is implementing A.B. 32 and related legislation while the federal government is moving forward with greenhouse gas regulations under the Clean Air Act.

This practitioners' workshop highlights recent legal developments in both areas and investigates how this system of dual regulation will unfold. What are the pitfalls, synergies, and uncertainties of climate regulation developing in these two different ways?

What You Will Learn

The workshop will look at issues such as:

  • the new AB 32 scoping plan;
  • the effect of California's low carbon fuel standard being upheld;
  • the role of California's cap-and-trade program, including a litigation update, discussion of the new linkage with Quebec, and the development of the auctions and secondary allowance markets;
  • developments under the federal Prevention of Significant Deterioration and New Source Performance Standards programs;
  • ways that federal requirements for large stationary sources will interact with state law requirements in California; and
  • lessons federal and other state regulators may take from California's experience.

Who Should Attend

The workshop is intended for those wanting to understand the cutting edge of greenhouse gas regulation in the United States.

Planning Chairs

Cara Horowitz, UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles (also on the faculty)
Robert A. Wyman, Jr., Latham & Watkins LLP, Los Angeles (also on the faculty)


Megan Ceronsky, Environmental Defense Fund, Washington, D.C.
Megan M Herzog, UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles
Kavita P. Lesser, Deputy Attorney General, California Department of Justice, Los Angeles (invited)
Mary Nichols, Chairman, California Air Resources Board, Sacramento
Kevin Poloncarz, Paul Hastings, San Francisco
Tauna M. Szymanski, Hunton & Williams LLP, Washington, D.C.

Program Schedule - FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2014

California Legal Developments and Key Issues

Keynote Address

Federal Legal Developments and Integration with States

Total 60-minute hours of instruction: 4.0 hours

Suggested Prerequisite: Limited experience with Environmental Law.

Educational Objective: Explore the recent legislative developments related to greenhouse gas regulation under the Clean Air Act and California's A.B. 32.

Level of Instruction: Basic to Intermediate

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