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Federal Independent Agencies

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2017 Outlook: Will Policy Changes Extend the Expansion?
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 -- Fannie Mae issued the following corporate news release:

Despite a strong year-end performance by the stock market and a post-election jump in confidence among consumers and businesses, limited information on the new Administration's potential economic policies led to a conservative 2017 growth projection of 2.0 percent, according to the Fannie Mae Economic & Strategic Research (ESR) Group's January 2017 Economic and Housing Outlook. Improved consumer spending in the third quarter drove a slight upward revision from the prior forecast; moreover, a friendly labor market ... Show Full Article

Maine Blueberry Processor Takes Steps to Better Protect Public Health Under EPA Settlement
BOSTON, Jan. 19 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release:

The owner of a blueberry processing facility in Hancock, Maine has come into compliance with federal requirements designed to protect the public and first responders from exposure to hazardous chemicals, under the terms of a recent settlement with EPA.

Hancock Foods operates a blueberry processing plant and cold storage warehouse in Hancock, where it uses anhydrous ammonia in its refrigeration systems. The facility first submitted a "Risk Management Plan" (RMP) in March 1999. Such a plan is required ... Show Full Article

Magellan Pipeline Settles Alleged Clean Water Act Violations Related to Spills in Texas, Nebraska, Kansas
WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice today announced a settlement with Magellan Pipeline Company, L.P., for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act related to gasoline, diesel and jet fuel spills in Texas City, Texas, Nemaha, Neb. and El Dorado, Kan. Magellan has agreed to complete approximately $16 million of injunctive relief across its 11,000-mile pipeline system and pay a $2 million civil penalty.

"Fuel spills have real and lasting impacts on clean water ... Show Full Article

Historic New Orleans Building to be Rehabbed, Thanks to $500K Grant
NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 19 -- The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas, a district bank in the Federal Home Loan Bank System, issued the following news release:

Situated near New Orleans' prominent Pontchartrain Expressway is a 100-year-old building in the midst of major changes. New Orleans Mission, a 30,000-square-foot facility that houses 300 men and women struggling with homelessness and addiction, is in the process of being rehabilitated, thanks in part to a $500,000 Affordable Housing Program (AHP) grant from Fifth District Savings Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas).

The ... Show Full Article

GSA Provides the Best Value for Government, American People in Real Estate, Acquisition, Technology
WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 -- The General Services Administration issued the following news release:

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), established by President Harry S. Truman in 1949, has been delivering the best value in real estate, acquisition and technology services, to the federal government and American people for more than 67 years. The agency's core mission is to help federal agencies buy smarter, reduce their real estate footprint, provide efficient, cost saving technology and create a better, faster federal government.

GSA's Public Buildings Service (PBS) acts as the federal ... Show Full Article

EPA, Customs Joint Operations at Southern California Ports Result in Fines, Seizure of Illegal Engines, Pesticides
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 19 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release:

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced $217,998 in fines and more than 5,325 items seized or denied entry to the United States. These are the latest results of continued joint operations at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach targeting foreign-made engines, including scooters, ATVs, chainsaws and construction equipment without proper emission controls, as well as pesticides that violate federal law.

"EPA and Customs have been working ... Show Full Article

EPA Settlement With Matson Resolves 2013 Molasses Spill Into Honolulu Harbor
HONOLULU, Jan. 19 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release:

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a settlement with Matson Terminals, Inc. over federal Clean Water Act violations relating to a September 2013 molasses spill into Honolulu Harbor. Matson has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $725,000.

"Dockside facilities must ensure their operations do not pollute nearshore waters," said Alexis Strauss, EPA's Acting Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. "The Honolulu Harbor spill affected marine life, coral reefs and kept residents ... Show Full Article