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Sampling Begins at Former Wolverine Tannery in Rockford, Michigan
CHICAGO, Illinois, June 18 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is overseeing a contamination study at Wolverine World Wide's former tannery in Rockford, Mich. Sampling will begin on Monday, June 18, and continue for approximately ten weeks. Sampling at the company's former House Street landfill in Plainfield Township is ongoing.

Under the direction of EPA and per its January 2018 administrative order, Wolverine will sample soil, sediment, and groundwater for hazardous substances including heavy metals, volatile organic ... Show Full Article

IMF General Legal Counsel Sean Hagan to Retire
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- The International Monetary Fund issued the following news release:

The International Monetary Fund's (IMF) General Counsel, Sean Hagan, will retire at the end of October, Managing Director Christine Lagarde announced today. Mr. Hagan has worked at the Fund for 28 years, including almost 14 as General Counsel and head of the Fund's Legal Department. He has announced his intention to take up a position in academia.

"During Sean's tenure at the Fund, he made his mark on virtually every aspect of the Fund's work," Ms. Lagarde said. "Sean's significant policy achievements, undertaken ... Show Full Article

EPA Launches Research Vessel Lake Guardian to Monitor Lake Ontario's Health as Binational Science Initiative Gets Underway
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has begun an extensive binational Cooperative Science Monitoring Initiative to focus on the protection and restoration of Lake Ontario and its watershed. U.S. and Canadian federal agencies are partnering with New York State and the Province of Ontario, as well as academic, environmental, and ecological organizations, to gather critical information about the chemical and biological conditions of Lake Ontario.

"We are fully dedicated to ensuring the health ... Show Full Article

Chairman Wicker, Ranking Senator Cardin Urge President Trump to Call on President Trump to Free Oleg Sentsov
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe issued the following news release:

In a letter on Friday (https://www.csce.gov/sites/helsinkicommission.house.gov/files/Sentsov%20letter%20signed.pdf), Helsinki Commission Chairman Sen. Roger Wicker (MS) and Ranking Commissioner Sen. Ben Cardin (MD) urged President Trump to call on Russian President Vladimir Putin to free Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov from his unjust imprisonment. On May 14, 2018, Sentsov began a hunger strike, which he plans to continue until all Ukrainian political prisoners jailed in Russia are released.

The ... Show Full Article

Celebrate Summer With Smithsonian 'Solstice Saturday'
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- The Smithsonian Institution issued the following news release:

The Smithsonian will celebrate the first Saturday of summer-- "Solstice Saturday"--with free parties, programs and performances June 23. In addition to programs for adults and children, most Smithsonian museums will be open until midnight. Visitors who stay late can hear live music, drink champagne and explore museum exhibitions.

"Solstice Saturday" is held in association with By the People, an international arts and dialogue festival taking place across Washington from Thursday, June 21, to Sunday, June 24, ... Show Full Article

Bitterly Divided Communities Brought Together by Film Festivals, Workshops
PIRIATI, Panama, June 18 -- The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute issued the following news:

The Guna, Embera and cattle-ranching communities of eastern Panama share the same threatened landscape but have been divided for generations over territorial disputes. A series of filmmaking workshops and film festivals have brought some members of the community together in ways not previously considered possible.

As film screenings go, it was rather low-key.

There was no red carpet and the films were projected on a sheet in an open-air meeting place. The stars and producers sat in the audience ... Show Full Article

Bank of New York Issues Remarks at Governance & Culture Reform Conference
NEW YORK, June 18 -- The Federal Reserve's Bank of New York issued the following remarks by President and CEO John C. Williams at the Governance and Culture Reform Conference:

"It's a pleasure to speak at today's conference on this critically important issue, one that Bill Dudley and his colleagues have done tremendous work bringing to the forefront over the past few years. It's also an honor to be sharing a stage with Bill today, and I'd like to thank him for his outstanding leadership of the New York Fed.

"I've learned a great deal from this conference, especially hearing the diverse perspectives ... Show Full Article