EPA's New Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule and the Second Circuit's Ruling on Public Nuisance Claims

Analyzing Recent Developments in Climate Change Regulation

Court of Appeals reinstates Connecticut v. American Electric Power Co. on Sept. 21

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Conducted on Thursday, November 5, 2009

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This seminar will discuss recent developments in climate change regulation and litigation, including the new GHG reporting rule and the recent decision by the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that has revived public nuisance claims against power companies and others with GHG emissions.


On Sept. 23, 2009, the EPA finalized greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting rules that establish the first comprehensive national greenhouse gas emissions collection and reporting program. The rules require as many as 10,000 facilities to measure and report their GHG emissions.

The day before, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals revived a public nuisance suit against five power companies that alleged they contributed to global warming through their emissions. This ruling reinvigorates claims against entities that seek protection from tort claims related to climate change.

Counsel advising businesses with potential GHG emission issues must understand the GHG reporting rule and its implications, as well as the impact of the Second Circuit’s ruling in Connecticut v. AEP.

Listen as our authoritative panel of environmental and energy attorneys examines the new GHG reporting rule, the implications for businesses, and strategies for complying with the new rule. The panel will also discuss the Second Circuit’s decision and its implications for companies with GHG emissions.



  1. GHG reporting rule
    1. Covered gases
    2. Covered facilities
    3. Monitoring and measurement approach
    4. Certification and verification
  2. Complying with the new rule
  3. Conn. v. AEP
    1. Political question
    2. Standing
    3. Federal common law nuisance claim
  4. Implications of the GHG reporting rule and Conn. v. AEP decision
    1. On environmental disclosure
    2. On corporate governance
    3. On directors’ duties
    4. On voluntary disclosure of GHG emissions
    5. On the need to begin reducing GHG emissions
    6. On generally developing or refining a corporate climate change strategy


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What do the new reporting rules require? What facilities are covered under the rules?
  • What financial disclosure and corporate strategies should companies develop as a result of the new rules?
  • What does the Second Circuit's reinstatement of the public nuisance claim mean for companies that utilize fossil fuel?


Paul E. Gutermann
Paul E. Gutermann

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

He litigates cutting-edge issues arising under all the major statutes and negotiates environmental issues in corporate...  |  Read More

Scott D. Deatherage
Scott D. Deatherage

Thompson & Knight

He leads the Climate Change and Renewable Energy practice and advises on climate change and greenhouse gas legislation...  |  Read More

Geraldine E. Edens
Geraldine E. Edens

McKenna Long & Aldridge

She practices in areas involving environmental litigation, regulatory matters and issues regarding law and science. She...  |  Read More

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