Friday - February 24, 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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U.S. Zydeco Band 'Mo' Mojo' Visits Sri Lanka to Strengthen Cultural Connections
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Feb. 23 -- The U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka issued the following news release:

Mo' Mojo, an American zydeco band, concluded its five-day tour of Sri Lanka on February 16 with a high-energy, free, public concert for an appreciative crowd in Colombo. The U.S. Embassy-sponsored visit included public performances in Jaffna and Colombo; workshops for music students; and master classes for Sri Lankan musicians.

"We bring American musicians here to increase understanding of the United States' diverse musical heritage and to strengthen our cultural connections with Sri Lankans," ... Show Full Article

State Department Issues Travel Warning on Lebanon
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 -- The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs issued the following travel warning on Feb. 15:

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Lebanon because of the threats of terrorism, armed clashes, kidnapping, and outbreaks of violence, especially near Lebanon's borders with Syria and Israel. U.S. citizens living and working in Lebanon should be aware of the risks of remaining in the country and should carefully consider those risks. This supersedes the Travel Warning issued on July 29, 2016.

In the event that the security climate in Lebanon ... Show Full Article

NRC Receives Event Notification Report on River Bend
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the following event (52568) notification involving River Bend of Louisiana:

Power Reactor

Event Number: 52568

Facility: RIVER BEND

Region: 4 State: LA

Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]

RX Type: [1] GE-6

NRC Notified By: STEVEN CARTER

HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD

Notification Date: 02/20/2017

Notification Time: 17:24 [ET]

Event Date: 02/20/2017

Event Time: 12:40 [CST]

Last Update Date: 02/22/2017

Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY

10 CFR Section:

50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B) - UNANALYZED CONDITION

Person (Organization):

HEATHER ... Show Full Article

NRC Receives Event Notification Report on Oklahoma Department Radiation Management
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the following event (number) notification involving Producers Service of Hennessey, Oklahoma. The report was filed by Oklahoma Department Radiation Management:

Agreement State

Event Number: 52550

Rep Org: OK DEQ RAD MANAGEMENT

Licensee: PRODUCERS SERVICE CORP.

Region: 4

City: HENNESSEY State: OK

County:

License #:

Agreement: Y

Docket:

NRC Notified By: KEVIN SAMPSON

HQ OPS Officer: DONG HWA PARK

Notification Date: 02/15/2017

Notification Time: 10:30 [ET]

Event Date: 02/14/2017

Event Time: ... Show Full Article

Local Forest Receives Proposal to Study Health of Mountain Goats & Bighorn Sheep
SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 23 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's U.S. Forest Service - Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest - issued the following news release:

The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is continuing to seek public comment on a proposal received from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to capture, take biological samples for disease testing, and collar mountain goats and bighorn sheep in three wilderness areas.

The purpose of the project is obtain information about the sympatric mountain goat and bighorn sheep populations in the Wasatch Mountains. The mountain goat population ... Show Full Article

ITC Issues Statement of Financial Secretary for Local 1969 at Hearing
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 -- The U.S. International Trade Commission issued the text of the following statement by Dean McCoy, Financial Secretary for Local 1969 on Tetrafluoroethane (R-134a) from China:

"Good morning. My name is Dean McCoy. I work in the tank car loaders group at Arkema's production facility in Calvert City, Kentucky. I am a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local Lodge 1969, which represents workers at the plant. I have served as Chief Steward, Maintenance Steward and am currently the Financial Secretary for Local 1969 and have worked at ... Show Full Article

FCC Reduces or Eliminates Burden of Unecessary Accounting Requirements for Carriers
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 -- The Federal Communications Commission issued the following news release:

Taking further steps to minimize unnecessary burdens on carriers, the Federal Communications Commission today streamlined various accounting requirements for all carriers and eliminated certain accounting requirements for large carriers.

Specifically, the FCC eliminated the requirement that large carriers keep a separate set of regulatory accounting books in addition to their financial accounting books. Additionally, the Commission reduced the extent of FCC-specific accounts that must be maintained ... Show Full Article