1. RENEWABLE ENERGY
Amid protests, BLM could finalize solar plan this month
The Interior Department by the end of the month expects to finalize its plan to fast-track solar development across more than a quarter-million acres of hot spots in six Southwestern states, the agency said today. But its current task is to sift through 16 formal protests filed by environmentalists, industry groups, counties, tribes and ranchers who oppose various aspects of the Bureau of Land Management's final plan announced in July.