Wednesday - October 18, 2017
Federal - Executive Branch

News releases, reports, statements and associated documents from the U.S. Executive Branch, covering all aspects of the Obama administration including cabinet departments, federal agencies, regulatory and independent agencies.

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Work Scheduled to Start in Mid-November: Corps Awards Contract for Slack Brook Riverbank Erosion Protection Project in Leominster
CONCORD, Mass., Oct. 17 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-New England District issued the following news release:

The Slack Brook Section 14 Emergency Riverbank Erosion Protection project in Leominster, Mass., will be completed under the terms of a $419,360.00 contract recently awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District.

Work will be accomplished by SumCo Eco-Contracting, LLC, of Salem, Mass. Construction is scheduled to start in mid-November 2017 and the majority of the work will be completed by mid-January 2018. The contractor will demobilize and return at the end of ... Show Full Article

U.S. Embassy in Chile Issues Statement on Venezuela Gubernatorial Elections
SANTIAGO, Chile, Oct. 17 -- The U.S. Embassy in Chile issued the following statement by Ambassador Nikki Haley on the gubernatorial elections in Venezuela:

"Yesterday, Venezuelans once again attempted to make their voices heard, and dictator Maduro once again tried to silence them through reported voter intimidation, manipulation, and obstruction.

"An election is only legitimate if it is free and fair, and from the start, this was neither.

"There must be an audit of the electoral process. There must be respect for the will of the people. We continue to stand with the people of Venezuela."

NRC Receives Event Notification on Stolen Cd-109 Source
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the following event notification (53006) stolen Cd-109 source:

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN Cd-109 SOURCE

The following report was received via e-mail:

"California OES [Office of Emergency Services] notified RHB [Radiation Health Branch] Sacramento of the following hazardous material spill report on October 8, 2017:

"On October 8, 2017, at 1417 [PDT], XRF equipment user, from Millennium Consulting Associates, notified Cal OES that the Niton XRF equipment, Model XLp303, S/N 21870, he uses was stolen from his vehicle that was ... Show Full Article

James Jay Carafano, of the Heritage Foundation, Visits Berlin
BERLIN, Oct. 17 -- The U.S. Embassy in Germany issued the following news release:

On October 12th, Dr. James Jay Carafano, Vice President of the Washington-based Heritage Foundation, met with a group of journalists for a press roundtable on the foreign and security policy of the Trump administration. Dr. Carafano explained the changes in the foreign and security policy of the current administration and stressed that peace and stability in Europe are still of paramount importance. When asked why people had the impression that these policies have undergone a major change, Dr. Carafano explained ... Show Full Article

FERC Issues Letter Involving Gulf South Pipeline of Houston
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued the following letter involving Gulf South Pipeline, Houston, Texas:

E. Adina Owen

Senior Counsel

Gulf South Pipeline Company, LP

9 Greenway Plaza, Suite 2800

Houston, TX 77046

Reference: Amendment to a Negotiated Rate Agreement

Dear Ms. Owen:

On September 22, 2017, Gulf South Pipeline Company, LP (Gulf South) filed a revised tariff record (1) to modify an existing negotiated rate agreement with DTE Energy Trading, Inc. Waiver of the Commission's notice requirements is granted, and the referenced ... Show Full Article

Department of Energy Announces Up to $26 Million in Funding Opportunity for Transformational Carbon Capture Technologies
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory issued the following news release:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to $26 million in federally funded financial assistance for cost-shared research and development projects under the Office of Fossil Energy's (FE) Novel and Enabling Carbon Capture Transformational Technologies funding opportunity announcement (FOA).

Selected projects will support DOE's Carbon Capture Program, demonstrating the potential to provide step-change reductions in both cost and energy penalties associated ... Show Full Article

'The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers' Opens Nov. 3
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- The Smithsonian Institution issued the following news release:

The National Portrait Gallery's upcoming exhibition "The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers" will present nearly 100 portrayals of laborers by some of the nation's most influential artists. The multifaceted exhibition includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, media art and photographs that reveal how American workers have shaped and defined the United States over the course of its history--from the Colonial era to the present day.

The exhibition examines the intersections between work, ... Show Full Article