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Morrisey Hopes Trump Seeks Broad Rollback Of EPA Power Plant GHG Rules

West Virginia Attorney General (AG) Patrick Morrisey (R), one of the most ardent critics of EPA's power plant greenhouse gas rules, hopes that an executive order President Donald Trump is slated to sign will seek a broad rollback of the agency's rules for both new and existing sources, suggesting some uncertainty about the scope of the order.

The Trump Department of Justice (DOJ) is backing the Obama EPA's opposition to a federal district judge's order for EPA to broadly review how its climate and air rules have affected jobs in the coal sector, asking an appellate court to overturn the ruling and defying expectations that the new administration would comply with the order.

Waste industry and local agency officials are warning California regulators that their plan to launch an extensive rulemaking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from landfills by diverting vast amounts of organic material to compost facilities faces major funding and permitting hurdles that state officials must acknowledge and work to overcome.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) recent steps to ease the adoption of energy storage in electricity markets could be hampered by multiple vacancies on the commission, potentially leaving it to states to spur a technology seen as critical to integrating large amounts of zero-carbon generation.