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NASA Astronaut Jessica Meir Available for Last Interviews Before Space Mission
WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 -- NASA issued the following news release:

NASA astronaut Jessica Meir will be available from 7 to 8:15 a.m. EDT Wednesday, Sept. 4, for her final live satellite interviews before launching on a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station.

The interviews, originating from Star City, Russia, will air live on NASA Television and the agency's website, preceded at 6:30 a.m. by video of Meir's training.

To interview Meir, media must contact Sarah Volkman no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at 281-483-9071 or sarah.e.volkman@nasa.gov. Media participating in the interviews ... Show Full Article

Jet Propulsion Laboratory: 30 Years Ago Voyager 2's Historic Neptune Flyby
PASADENA, California, Aug. 22 -- NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory issued the following news:

Thirty years ago, on Aug. 25, 1989, NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft made a close flyby of Neptune, giving humanity its first close-up of our solar system's eighth planet. Marking the end of the Voyager mission's Grand Tour of the solar system's four giant planets - Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune - that first was also a last: No other spacecraft has visited Neptune since.

"The Voyager planetary program really was an opportunity to show the public what science is all about," said Ed Stone, a professor ... Show Full Article

Giant Panda Bei Bei Celebrates His Fourth Birthday at the Smithsonian's National Zoo
WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 -- The Smithsonian's National Zoo issued the following news release:

Bei Bei (BAY-BAY) turned 4 years old today, Aug. 22. The Department of Nutrition Science at the Smithsonian's National Zoo made him a panda-friendly frozen cake as a birthday treat.

Keepers placed the cake made of his favorite foods including diluted apple and grape juice, leaf-eater biscuits, applesauce, apples, pears, bananas, carrots, cooked sweet potatoes and sugar cane in his yard at 9 a.m.

Bei Bei was born at the Zoo but will move to China now that he is 4 years old as stipulated in the Zoo's giant ... Show Full Article

Federal Reserve Announces Results of Offering of Seven-day Term Deposits on August 22
WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 -- The Federal Reserve issued the following news release:

On August 22, 2019, the Federal Reserve conducted a floating-rate offering of term deposits through its Term Deposit Facility. The operation offered seven-day term deposits with the rate set equal to the sum of the interest rate paid on excess reserves plus a fixed spread of 1 basis point.

Following are the results of the operation:

TDF Operation ID: F74

Total Amount Awarded: $1,668,000,000

Number of Participants: 18

The awarded deposits will settle on August 22, 2019, and will mature on August 29, 2019. The operation ... Show Full Article

Federal Green Challenge Winners in the Pacific Northwest Save Taxpayers' Money and Promote Efficiency
WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is recognizing federal facilities in the Pacific Northwest and nationwide for conserving resources and saving taxpayers' money as part of the Federal Green Challenge. The challenge is a national effort under the EPA's Sustainable Materials Management Program, which encourages federal agencies to lead by example in reducing the federal government's environmental impact.

"We applaud our federal partners for implementing innovative, sustainable practices," said Chris ... Show Full Article

EPA Presents East Helena, Montana Partners With Superfund Reuse Award
EAST HELENA, Montana, Aug. 22 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release:

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- Montana Environmental Trust Group recognized for transformation of the East Helena Superfund site

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At a ceremony today at Prickly Pear Elementary School in East Helena, Mont., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Gregory Sopkin presented representatives from the Montana Environmental Trust Group with EPA's Excellence in Site Reuse Award for efforts to advance the cleanup and revitalization of the East Helena Superfund site. EPA also recognized a host ... Show Full Article

EPA Appoints Dennis Deziel as Region 1 Administrator
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Aug. 22 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release:

Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the appointment of Dennis Deziel of Maryland to become regional administrator for Region 1. Mr. Deziel will oversee environmental protection efforts in the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut and in 10 Tribal Nations.

Dennis Deziel has spent much of his life working in public service in the nation's capital. Mr. Deziel will join the agency having worked ... Show Full Article