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Western EPA staffers defend their work amid criticism of Trump

POLLUTION: An EPA regional administrator says the agency is continuing to improve air quality, while Colorado officials say rollbacks at the federal level are making their jobs harder. (Denver Post)

CLEAN ENERGY: California’s customer-focused clean energy programs are being adversely impacted by the coronavirus crisis, raising concerns that the infrastructure to deliver efficiency resources could be permanently lost. (Utility Dive)

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CALIFORNIA: The attorney representing the largest group of PG&E’s wildfire victims in the utility’s bankruptcy reveals he’s been aware that he’s partially funded by some of the Wall Street firms he’s negotiating against. (KQED)

COAL: Opinions continue to be strongly divided over plans for a “coal campus” that would revive a mine near Sheridan, Wyoming and research alternative uses for coal. (Casper Star-Tribune)

NUCLEAR:
• Plans revealed last week by the Trump administration would open up land near the Grand Canyon for uranium mining. (InsideClimate News)
Federal officials believe a Southern New Mexico nuclear waste disposal site could remain active for at least another 60 years under a proposed permit renewal. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

OIL & GAS:
The U.S. Coast Guard is monitoring the buildup of oil tankers off California’s coast with nowhere to unload for signs of environmental damage. (American Shipper)
New Mexico officials disagree on what action the state should take in grappling with the unprecedented market crash, as the state’s oil industry hits new lows. (Santa Fe New Mexican, Albuquerque Journal)
New Mexico’s Republican statehouse leader says the budgetary implications of the coronavirus pandemic and oil market crash for the state are nearly incomprehensible. (Corpus Christi Caller-Times)

GRID: Officials from two major Arizona utilities say the state’s power grid “is not under any unusual stress from everyone staying home” because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Arizona Republic)

TRANSMISSION: PG&E will use helicopter patrols to inspect Napa County, California transmission lines as part of its leak survey and maintenance program. (Napa Valley Register)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Bay Area company is developing a battery-equipped electric vehicle charger that can deliver fast charging while minimizing its pull from the electric grid. (Greentech Media)

COMMENTARY:
A policy analyst says California, Hawaii and Arizona are among the states looking to clean energy investments as a way to stabilize their economies. (Greentech Media)
A California editorial board says the state has an opportunity for a greener future after the coronavirus pandemic given the right leadership and thinking. (San Francisco Chronicle)
An official with the American Lung Association in Arizona says the state needs to pursue zero emission transportation and take advantage of renewable power resources to improve air quality. (Arizona Capitol Times)

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