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Trump sends mixed signals on nuclear waste storage

NUCLEAR: Stockpiles of power plants’ spent nuclear fuel sit along the shores of four Great Lakes posing an alarming threat, water advocates and industry watchdogs say. (Detroit Free Press)

ALSO:
President Donald Trump suggests he would oppose plans to permanently store nuclear waste in Nevada even though his administration has included millions of dollars to restart the licensing process at Yucca Mountain. (Washington Post)
Pennsylvania officials are still weighing whether to offer financial support to struggling nuclear power plants. (Energy News Network)
• Plans to complete Alabama’s Bellefonte Nuclear Plant could fall through if a Memphis utility doesn’t agree to buy the power, an executive warns. (AL.com)

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OIL & GAS:
• An oil spill that has been quietly leaking millions of barrels into the Gulf of Mexico is on the verge of becoming the one of the worst in U.S. history. (Washington Post)
• U.S. Rep. Steve Russell of Oklahoma offers a pep talk to the state’s oil and gas industry, telling leaders their bad reputation is undeserved. (The Oklahoman)

PIPELINES:
• Virginia regulators approve three environmental permits for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, allowing  construction to begin in the state. (Washington Post)
• Anti-pipeline and property rights activists find common ground through opposing the use of eminent domain by developers. (Greentech Media)  

POWER PLANTS:
• The Illinois Pollution Control board takes public comments on amended emissions rules that advocates say still don’t do enough to curb air pollution from Dynegy’s aging coal plants. (Energy News Network)
The closure of a natural gas-fired power plant outside Boston could force ISO New England to implement rolling blackouts. (Boston Globe)

SOLAR:
Almost three years after Nevada regulators struck a near-fatal blow to net metering, the state’s solar industry is rebounding, data shows. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
New York regulators seek input on proposals to boost renewable energy participation, including a possible expansion of community solar. (Utility Dive)
The Solar Energy Industries Association files a petition asking New York to change its calculation of the value of distributed energy. (PV Magazine)

STORAGE: Utility storage projects take off in Colorado as a result of technology advances and dropping prices. (Denver Post)

SMART METERS: A survey finds utility customers want real-time data on their energy usage but are cautious about the way companies manage the information. (Energy News Network)

MICROGRIDS: Ohio researchers propose plans for a $100 million microgrid in downtown Cleveland. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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EMISSIONS: Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. are awarded support packages worth up to $2.5 million each as part of a carbon reduction program backed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. (Tribune-Review, Associated Press)

RENEWABLES: The governor of Hawaii talks about how the state will achieve its ambitious goal of getting all of its energy from renewable sources by 2045. (Green Biz)

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