Wednesday - August 23, 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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Repeat Offender From Albuquerque Pleads Guilty to Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Charge
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Aug. 21 -- The Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico issued the following news release:

Michael Gerard Smith, 56, of Albuquerque, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court to a methamphetamine trafficking charge under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Smith is being prosecuted under a federal anti-violence initiative that targets "the worst of the worst" offenders for federal prosecution. Under this initiative, the U.S. Attorney's Office and federal law enforcement agencies work with New Mexico's District Attorneys and state, local and tribal ... Show Full Article

Novel Simulation Tool Improves Optimization Process for Chemical Reactors
WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory issued the following news release:

Chemical reactors--like fluidized beds, transport beds, and gasifiers--are critical and complex components of power generation systems that involve a variety of multiphase chemical reactions. Understanding the reactions and designing optimized reactors requires intricate modeling and simulation. A new toolset being developed by NETL multiphase flow science experts will make the optimization process faster and more efficient.

NETL modeling and simulation experts are creating ... Show Full Article

NRC Receives Event Notification on Loss of Emergency Assessment Capability Due to Non-Functional TSC Ventilation
WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the following event notification (52919) involving Byron nuclear plant, Ill.:

LOSS OF EMERGENCY ASSESSMENT CAPABILITY DUE TO NON-FUNCTIONAL TSC VENTILATION

"On August 20, 2017 at 2108 hours CDT, Byron Station Technical Support Center (TSC) ventilation system supply fan (0VV23C) was identified as non-functional. This failure affects the ability of the TSC ventilation system to maintain adequate radiological habitability in the event of an emergency with an airborne radiological release. All other capabilities of the TSC are unaffected ... Show Full Article

MSRB Amends Municipal Fund Security Advertising Requirements
WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 -- The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board issued the following news release:

The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) received approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Friday, August 18, 2017 to amend MSRB Rule G-21(e), on municipal fund security product advertisements by municipal securities dealers. The amendments will be effective on November 18, 2017. Read the approval notice.

"These changes ensure investors are alerted to the potential risks of investing in particular investment options of municipal fund securities," said MSRB Executive ... Show Full Article

Harrison County Man Sentenced for Drug Possession
CLARKSBURG, W.Va., Aug. 21 -- The Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia, Betsy Steinfeld Jividen, issued the following news release:

Eric Scott Barker, of Mount Clare, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 120 months incarceration for drug possession, Acting United States Attorney Betsy Steinfeld Jividen announced.

Barker, age 37, pled guilty to one count of "Attempted Possession with Intent to Distribute Para-Fluorofentanyl" in June 2017. The crime took place in Doddridge County on September 15, 2016.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Cogar prosecuted the case on behalf ... Show Full Article

America Pulls Into Changi Naval Base to Support USS John S. McCain
CHANGI NAVAL BASE, Singapore, Aug. 21 -- The U.S. Navy issued the following story:

Amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) arrived Aug. 21 at Changi Naval Base and is moored across the pier from the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56).

While in Singapore, America will provide messing and berthing services to McCain crew members and to support damage control efforts on board. America will also support ongoing searches for 10 missing Sailors. Ship Repair Facility divers are on scene as well to assess the damage to the hull.

McCain was involved in a collision with the merchant ... Show Full Article

Access to March 2017(P) I-94 Arrivals Data Now Available
WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 -- The U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration's National Travel and Tourism Office issued the following news release:

National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO) March 2017 (P) I-94 arrivals data can be viewed at: http://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2017-I-001/index.asp. March 2017 (P) arrivals data are preliminary with these data subject to revisions.

NTTO's monthly visitation data will become available based on a rolling delivery schedule beginning with regional and top 20 country data released first.nMonthly arrivals data are scheduled to become available ... Show Full Article