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Trump backtracks on reviving Yucca nuclear waste site

NUCLEAR: President Trump appears to have backtracked on further development of Nevada’s Yucca Mountain as a national radioactive waste repository. (Las Vegas Sun)

ALSO:
The director of the Idaho National Laboratory says another supplemental agreement is needed between the Energy Department and the state so the facility can continue research beyond 2035. (Associated Press)
Miners at Carlsbad, New Mexico’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant have completed a “rough cut” on the final permitted panel to hold nuclear waste. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

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CALIFORNIA:
A group of California wildfire victims and their lawyer say “considerably rusted” hooks like the one that is blamed for the 2018 Camp Fire have been found on a PG&E transmission line. (San Francisco Chronicle)
Shell Energy and Enel X want California utility regulators to ensure that non-utilities are considered for state microgrid proposals. (Microgrid Knowledge)

CLIMATE:
Democratic Washington lawmakers are getting more ambitious with climate change by advancing several bills at the urging of Gov. Jay Inslee. (Capital Press)   
Oregon loggers, farmers, and truckers opposed to cap-and-trade legislation say their concerns are not being heard; meanwhile, youth declared the state is in a climate emergency during a rally in Portland. (OPB News)
Washington lawmakers advanced proposals to regulate “indirect” emissions of carbon dioxide and similar greenhouse gases. (Spokesman-Review)

PIPELINES: The ACLU sues a Montana agency to force the public release of documents detailing the state’s planned response to potential Keystone XL pipeline protests. (Associated Press)

OIL AND GAS: A records request finds previously undisclosed emails between commissioners in an Oregon county and developers of a natural gas export terminal that raise ethical and legal questions. (DeSmog)

PUBLIC LANDS:
The Trump administration is set to allow energy exploration and grazing in Utah on lands that used to be part of two national monuments. (Washington Post)
Critics say the Trump administration’s final management plans for Utah’s reduced Bears Ears and Grand Staircase national monuments are worse than before. (Salt Lake Tribune)
BLM documents obtained by environmental watchdogs reveal the agency’s Washington office expanded oil and gas drilling in Colorado against the advice of local staff. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)
The BLM agrees to temporarily stop fracking operations near Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park to conduct environmental studies. (Capitol Media Services) 

SOLAR: Oregon continues to lead in cumulative small-scale solar per capita according to U.S. Energy Information Administration data. (PV Magazine)

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TRANSMISSION: Xcel Energy has completed a new 125-mile line to carry wind energy from Colorado’s Eastern Plains into metro Denver. (Denver Post)

COMMENTARY:
A solar expert says California resource planning has to include an aggressive greenhouse gas emission reduction goal as part of its efforts to decarbonize the grid. (Energy News Network)
Advocates say utility resource planning is making significant progress toward the region’s clean energy goals. (Sightline Institute)
Jeff St. John says California’s non-wires alternative program for the distribution grid is struggling to find a path for solar and batteries. (Greentech Media)
A California policy advocate says large dairies are an inappropriate source for renewable energy, as they cause pollution and other issues adversely impacting rural, agricultural areas. (Porterville Recorder)

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