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Federal Tipoffs Involving Nebraska Newsletter for Sunday December 22, 2019 ( 8 items )  

$10 Million Funding Available for Wildlife Restoration in Eight States
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it expects to award a discretionary grant for the restoration, rehabilitation and improvement of wildlife habitat in Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. The award ceiling for this funding opportunity is $10 million. The agency said the grant was associated with a) education and b) natural resources. The funding is open to state governments.   more

Corps Awards Contract to Continue Interim Repairs on Levee Systems
OMAHA, Nebraska, Dec. 17 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District awarded a $12 million construction contract to Klutina River Contractors of Irvine, Calif. Friday to continue interim repairs on the Missouri River Levee System L-594. The focus of this contract will be the closure of two of the outlet breaches on the levee system directly west of Thurman, Iowa. The third and final breach that would then remain on the  more

Farmer Mac Appoints Daniel L. Shaw to Board of Directors
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Farmer Mac issued the following news release: The Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (Farmer Mac; NYSE: AGM and AGM.A), the nation's secondary market provider that increases the availability and affordability of credit for the benefit of rural America, announced that Daniel L. Shaw of Edgar, Nebraska has been appointed the newest member of the company's board of directors. His appointment fills the seat of former board member Keri L. Votruba after his unexpected pa  more

Natural Resources Conservation Service: USDA Invites Input on Environmental Quality Incentives Program Rule
LINCOLN, Nebraska, Dec. 16 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service Nebraska office issued the following news release: The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) seeks public comments on its interim rule for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), USDA's flagship program that helps producers plan and implement 150-plus conservation practices on working lands. The rule - now available on the Federal  more

NRC Receives Event Notification Involving Celerion
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the following event notification (No. 54434) involving Celerion, Lincoln, Nebraska: AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST LICENSED NUCLEAR MATERIAL This is a summary of information received from the state of Nebraska via a phone call: On November 12, 2019, the licensee packaged low level waste into 55-gallon barrels to be shipped to a disposal facility. On December 3, 2019, the disposal facility arrived to pick up the waste and discovere  more

NRC Receives Event Notification Involving Nebraska Division of Radioactive Materials
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the following event notification (No. 54429) involving Nebraska Division of Radioactive Materials, Omaha, Nebraska: AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - LOST TRITIUM EXIT SIGN This is a summary of information received from the state of Nebraska via a phone call: On November 20, 2019, the state of Nebraska identified a lost tritium exit sign during their quarterly reports. The general licensee indicated that they improperly disposed of the ex  more

Offutt Air Force Base Wreath Ceremony: Remembers, Honors
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Nebraska, Dec. 21 -- The U.S. Air Force (55th Air Wing) issued the following news: The annual Wreaths Across America ceremony was held Dec. 14, 2019, at the base cemetery here. Wreaths now lean on each headstone, with eight ceremonial wreaths on easels prominently placed at the front of the cemetery, honoring the four armed services, the Coast Guard, the Merchant Marines, POW/MIA and a newly integrated wreath that honors the 22 veterans and active duty service members wh  more

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory: Researchers Reveal How Enzyme Motions Catalyze Reactions
MENLO PARK, California, Dec. 16 -- The SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory issued the following news release: * * * - What they learned could lead to a better understanding of how antibiotics are broken down in the body, potentially leading to the development of more effective drugs. * * * In a time-resolved X-ray experiment, researchers uncovered, at atomic resolution and in real time, the previously unknown way that a microbial enzyme breaks down organic compounds. The team, led by Mark   more