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Yemen Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #14
WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 -- The U.S. Agency for International Development issued the following fact sheet:

Key Developments

As of August 17, health agencies had recorded more than 522,000 suspected cholera cases and nearly 2,000 associated deaths in Yemen, according to USAID/OFDA partner the UN World Health Organization (WHO). However, WHO reports that the spread of the disease has slowed in recent weeks compared to peak levels. USAID/OFDA partners are providing critical health, humanitarian coordination, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) assistance in response to the widespread cholera outbreak.

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National Academies Comments on Study on Potential Health Risks of Living Near Coal Mines
WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 -- The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine issued the following statement:

In an August 18 letter, the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement informed the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that it should cease all work on a study ( of the potential health risks for people living near surface coal mine sites in Central Appalachia. The letter states that the Department has begun an agency-wide review of its grants and cooperative ... Show Full Article

IMF, AMF, AFESD and Government of Morocco To Host Regional Conference: 'Opportunity for All--Promoting Growth, Jobs, and Inclusiveness in the Arab World'
WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 -- The International Monetary Fund issued the following news release:

The International Monetary Fund (IMF), Arab Monetary Fund (AMF), Arab Fund for Social and Economic Development (AFESD) and Government of Morocco will co-host a high-level conference in Marrakesh, January 29-30, 2018, on promoting higher economic growth, job creation, and inclusiveness in the Arab World.

Opportunity for All: Promoting Growth, Jobs, and Inclusiveness in the Arab World will bring together high-level policy makers, corporate executives, academics, youth, media and civil society representatives ... Show Full Article

EPA Extends Comment Period for Proposed Cleanup Plan for the Wells G&H Superfund Site in Woburn Massachusetts
BOSTON, Aug. 21 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a cleanup plan for the Wells G&H Superfund Site, Southwest Properties, Operable Unit (OU4). EPA has been asked to extend the comment period, and will do so. The comment period will now be a total of 62 days and be open until September 13, 2017.

The cleanup proposal is detailed in a document called a Proposed Plan and gives specifics on the cleanup actions for soil, groundwater, non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL) and wetland contamination at the Wells G&H ... Show Full Article

EPA Announces Appointment of Trey Glenn to Region 4 Administrator
WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release:

Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced the appointment of Trey Glenn of Alabama to become Regional Administrator for EPA's Southeast Region (Region 4). Mr. Glenn will employ his 22 years of environmental and regulatory experience in leading the environmental protection efforts across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Mr. Glenn served as director of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management ... Show Full Article

EPA Announces $2.86 Million to Improve Tribal Lands in Arizona
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 21 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $2.86 million in funding to nine Arizona tribes for environmental programs including drinking water infrastructure development, hazardous waste cleanups, air pollution control, water quality improvement and wetland protection.

The announcement was made at the EPA's Pacific Southwest Summer Regional Tribal Operations Committee meeting, hosted by the Hualapai Tribe in Peach Springs, Arizona.

"This funding will help support tribal employment, develop ... Show Full Article

Chairman Wicker Welcomes Czech Government Decision to Memorialize Lety Concentration Camp Site
WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 -- The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe issued the following news release:

Following today's formal announcement that the Czech government intends to remove a pig farm on the site of the World War II concentration camp at Lety, Helsinki Commission Chairman Senator Roger Wicker issued the following statement:

"This achievement is the culmination of decades of work on the part of survivors, human rights groups, members of the Helsinki Commission, and others. It paves the way for a dignified and appropriate memorial for the thousands of men, women, and children ... Show Full Article