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Sinking of the El Faro Subject of NTSB Meeting
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- The National Transportation Safety Board issued the following news release:

The NTSB is scheduled to meet Dec. 12, 2017, to determine the probable cause of the Oct. 1, 2015, sinking of the U.S. flagged cargo ship El Faro.

The 790-foot vessel set sail from Jacksonville, Florida, on a voyage to San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sept. 29, 2015, and sank about 34 hours later near the eye of Hurricane Joaquin. All 33 crewmembers aboard the ship perished in the accident.

The NTSB launched an investigation as soon as the sinking was confirmed and with assistance from the U.S. Navy and U.S. ... Show Full Article

Rosa Gil to Join New York Fed Board of Directors
NEW YORK, Dec. 8 -- The Federal Reserve Bank of New York issued the following news release:

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York today announced that Dr. Rosa M. Gil, founder, president and chief executive officer of Comunilife, Inc., has been appointed a Class C director of the New York Fed by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, effective January 1, 2018.

Dr. Gil has had a distinguished career in the fields of health, mental health, social services and higher education with accomplishments including prevention and wellness initiatives, implementation of Medicaid managed care ... Show Full Article

Renton's Quendall Terminals on List of EPA Superfund Sites Targeted for Immediate, Intense Attention
SEATTLE, Washington, Dec. 8 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release:

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the list of Superfund sites that Administrator Pruitt has targeted for immediate and intense attention. The 21 sites on the list - from across the United States - are in direct response to the Superfund Task Force Recommendations, issued this summer, calling for this list.

"By elevating these sites we are sending a message that EPA is, in fact, restoring its Superfund program to its rightful place at the center of the Agency's mission," ... Show Full Article

One Month Left to Apply for SBA Disaster Loans
SACRAMENTO, California, Dec. 8 -- The Small Business Administration's Office of Disaster Assistance issued the following news release:

Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration's Disaster Field Operations Center-West today reminded private nonprofit organizations in Johnson and Wyandotte counties of the Jan. 8, 2018, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for property damage caused by severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred July 22-27, 2017. Private nonprofits that provide essential services of a governmental nature are eligible for ... Show Full Article

IMF Staff Concludes Visit to Jamaica to Discuss Progress of Economic Program
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 -- The International Monetary Fund issued the following news release:

End-of-Mission press releases include statements of IMF staff teams that convey preliminary findings after a visit to a country. The views expressed in this statement are those of the IMF staff and do not necessarily represent the views of the IMF's Executive Board. This mission will not result in a Board discussion.

* The unemployment rate is at 8-year low, with record high employment levels.

* The tax revenues overperformance is being allocated, inter alia, to post-flooding repairs and national security ... Show Full Article

EPA Names Spotsylvania County, Va. Superfund Site To List of 21 Sites Targeted For Immediate, Intense Attention
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Dec. 8 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release:

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that the L.A. Clarke & Son Superfund Site in Spotsylvania County, Virginia is among a list of 21 Superfund sites nationwide targeted by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for immediate and intense attention.

The list of 21 sites from across the United States is in direct response to the Superfund Task Force Recommendations, issued this summer, calling for this list.

"By elevating these sites, we are sending a message that EPA is, ... Show Full Article

EPA Announces the USS Lead Superfund Site Will Be on List of Sites Targeted for Immediate, Intense Attention
CHICAGO, Illinois, Dec. 8 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release:

Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency named the USS Lead Superfund site in East Chicago, Ind. to the list of Superfund sites that Administrator Pruitt has targeted for immediate and intense attention. The 21 sites on the list - from across the United States - are in direct response to the Superfund Task Force Recommendations, issued this summer, calling for this list.

"By elevating these sites we are sending a message that EPA is, in fact, restoring its Superfund program to its rightful place ... Show Full Article