Washington, DC - The Energy Department today recognized 27 winners across the federal government with the 2017 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards. These annual awards are presented to recognize outstanding achievements in energy and water efficiency, renewable energy, and fleet management from within the federal government, honoring federal employees for their efforts to cut energy waste and advance America's progress toward energy independence, resiliency, and security, while advancing their agencies' mission-related goals.

San Diego, California - A tiny mouse that was once believed to be extinct is starting to make a comeback along the Southern California coast. A breeding and reintroduction program for the Pacific pocket mouse reached a new milestone this month, after San Diego Zoo Global researchers made a big decision to allow the endangered mice access to areas outside of their carefully managed, fenced-in sanctuary. To do this, the research team cut small holes into the perimeter fence surrounding their current 1.6-acre area at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park in Orange County, California. Their hope is to provide the rodents the opportunity to thrive by moving beyond their current territory, while also allowing other animals vital to the ecosystem to gain access to the fenced land.

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued the following statement on the Republican tax proposal released today:

Washington, DC - There’s no disputing the importance of a reliable and well-functioning critical infrastructure when it comes to our daily lives—in fact, our national and economic security depend on it. Because our critical infrastructure systems are becoming increasingly complex and connected, we need to understand the real risk of cybersecurity threats and how these threats can impact the nation’s economy, security, public safety and overall health. Cybersecurity threats can also impact companies, reputations and the ability to innovate.

Washington, DC - The Department of Justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) announced a settlement with Exxon Mobil Corp. and ExxonMobil Oil Corp., (ExxonMobil) that will eliminate thousands of tons of harmful air pollution from eight of Exxon’s petrochemical manufacturing facilities in Texas and Louisiana. The settlement resolves allegations that ExxonMobil violated the Clean Air Act by failing to properly operate and monitor industrial flares at their petrochemical facilities, which resulted in excess emissions of harmful air pollution.

Washington, DC - President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom. Prime Minister May conveyed her condolences regarding the terrorist attack in New York on October 31.