Vermont Yankee keeps focus on tritium leak

first_imgVermont Yankee engineers and technicians working diligently to identify the source of tritium in the plant’s groundwater continue to make progress, according to a statement from Entergy Vermont Yankee released Saturday.Of the 14 monitoring wells presently in service, six have tritium concentrations which continue to vary day to day. Sampling results received today indicate the highest concentration continues to be at the well just to the west of the advanced offgas sytem building. It is now at 2.20 million picocuries per liter — a slight reduction from previous readings. The second highest continues to be the well to the northeast of the advanced offgas building. Today’s analysis shows it is at 946,000 picocuries per liter — a slight decrease from its recent reading 948,000. The third highest continues to be the one further to the east of the two mentioned above but still within the plant’s security/protected area. It is now reading 99,800 — which is up from its most recent concentration of 86,400.  The other wells that show tritium continue to show such variation at lower concentrations.Work continues at the advanced offgas excavation as described yesterday: A 13 X 7 foot area just to the west of the plant’s advanced offgas building is being excavated to uncover underground piping and structures that are deemed a possible source of the tritium. The monitoring well in that location has shown the highest concentration. One of the underground structures in that area is a concrete pipe tunnel that runs between the advanced offgas sytem and other buildings. Technicians using a boroscope have identified standing water in the tunnel. Further analysis will determine the source of the water and whether it is a possible source of the tritium.Also, as of Friday: The excavation work at this point has progressed to four feet and materials for shoring the sides at further depth are being installed over the weekend. The integrity of structures and components in the excavation area is supported by a comprehensive engineering analysis that will ensure safety at its final depth of 15 feet.  All excavation is being done using a relatively gentle process using pressurized water or air to loosen the fill material and a vacuum to remove it. All the hydro- and air-excavation equipment is operated from one truck. Meanwhile, other monitoring wells are being installed.  These wells will further characterize the tritium concentrations in the groundwater.  While this investigation continues, it is important to note that there has been no tritium levels found in any samples taken from drinking water wells or the river.For more details on the tritium investigation, the Vermont Department of Health has a thorough status report on the investigation at this web link: http://healthvermont.gov/enviro/rad/yankee/tritium.aspx(link is external)Also helpful is the Nuclear Regulatory Commission web page on tritium monitoring: http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/operating/ops-experience/grndwtr-contam-trit…(link is external)Source: Entergy Vermont Yankee. 2.13.2010last_img read more

Book Review: Everywhere That Tommy Goes by Howard Pollack

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York In a genre that is quickly becoming over-saturated, Howard Pollack bursts through with a psychological thriller that reminds us why we can’t get enough of it. The setup seems initially predictable but Pollack’s prose is enough to draw the reader far enough in to realize that this anything but hackneyed. Everywhere That Tommy Goes moves quickly without being breezy. Just as we’re beginning to navigate the personalities of the protagonists—Tommy Sullivan and Troyer Savage—everything turns upside down in an instant and chaos ensues. From that point forward, it’s impossible to put it down and the reader never has a chance to recover. You’re strapped in and along for the ride. Pollack maintains a consistently interesting and edgy narrative and winds up pulling together a terrific modern thriller. To say anything more would do a disservice to any curious fan of this genre. Suffice to say, nothing is what it seems. Everywhere That Tommy Goes is terrifying, frustrating and unpredictable and is written with the confidence of a seasoned storyteller. Therefore, the most unpredictable thing about it is might be that it is Pollack’s debut. Book Synopsis:An attractive young bartender goes missing from a popular New York City hot spot and the only evidence found at the scene points to Tommy Sullivan. Fearing arrest, he runs, and is secretly followed by his new friend Troyer Savage. When an even more horrific murder occurs, and Troyer vanishes in its wake, Tommy is left in a stupor, bathed in the victim’s blood.As his blackouts and memory lapses multiply, Tommy becomes lost between nightmare and reality. Things only get worse for him when the police build a case that links him to bodies buried in shallow graves among the sand dunes at Gilgo Beach on Long Island.With the police in hot pursuit and the psychological tension building by the minute, the action never lets up as Tommy pieces together parts of the puzzle from clues buried deep within his tragic childhood. However, the dark secrets from his past may belie the actual truth.Click here to find Everywhere That Tommy Goes on Amazon.last_img read more

Looking ahead for successful succession

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Succession and internal development are a “major focus” for $400 million Century Federal Credit Union in Cleveland, says CUES member Sharon Churchill, CPA, CCE, president/CEO of the organization. As such, the CU’s management team is encouraged to attend at least one major industry conference annually and bring back what they’ve learned for sharing. Staff is also urged to take advantage of the credit union’s “healthy tuition plan,” an educational assistance program that provides up to $5,250 per year for regular full-time employees who have completed at least one year of continuous service at the CU, demonstrated competent performance and maintained an excellent attendance record. “Educational assistance is provided to those employees seeking to achieve a degree related to the credit union’s business interests or a course of study that applies to an area within the scope of the financial services industry,” she explains.All Century FCU staff are also required to take a minimum of six hours of additional training as part of their annual Individual Development Plan to help broaden industry understanding and perspective, Churchill adds. Other IDP opportunities include attending internal programs delivered on site that are either designed and delivered by CU staff or developed by other agencies such as CUES, insurance brokers or benefits providers. Staff may also attend off-site seminars or conferences, participate in computer-based/online instruction delivered remotely, or independently pursue workshops and college courses to fulfill their IDP requirements.last_img read more

Rafael Nadal beaten by Alexander Zverev at Rolex Paris Masters | Tennis News

first_img– Advertisement – Rafael Nadal’s wait for a first win at the Rolex Paris Masters will go on for another year at least after the top seed was overpowered in straight sets by Alexander Zverev in their semi-final.While Nadal has reigned supreme on the Parisian clay for much of the last 15 years, the Spaniard has had an altogether less successful time across the city in the Bercy indoor event.He was looking to reach the final for only the second time in eight attempts but had no answer to the fourth-seeded Zverev, who prevailed 6-4 7-5 in an hour and 39 minutes and who, by Nadal’s own admission, proved too strong.- Advertisement – Rafael Nadal lost to Alexander Zverev in the Paris Masters semi-finals
Rafael Nadal lost to Alexander Zverev in the Paris Masters semi-finals

Racially charged violence rages for third night in Minneapolis

first_imgTopics : Sympathy protests erupted on Wednesday in Los Angeles and Thursday in Denver, with freeway traffic blocked in both cities. In Phoenix, protesters faced off with police in riot gear at City Hall, and a rally was held at the Arizona state Capitol.Thursday night’s disturbances in Minneapolis also spread into adjacent city of St. Paul, the state capital, with fires and vandalism breaking out there.In contrast with Wednesday night, when rock-throwing demonstrators clashed with police in riot gear, law enforcement in Minneapolis kept mostly out of sight around the epicenter of Thursday’s disturbances, the Third Precinct police station.Protesters massing outside the building briefly retreated under volleys of police tear gas and rubber bullets fired at them from the roof, only to regroup and eventually attack the building, setting fire to the structure as police withdrew.National Guard troops were absent, as were members of the fire department. Protesters were later observed on the roof, and a crowd of hundreds lingered around the building for hours, feeding flames with hunks of plywood and other debris.‘Strong as hell’At a news briefing early Friday, Mayor Jacob Frey defended his decision to evacuate the precinct station due to “imminent threats to both officers and the public.”Asked by reporters if he had a response to Trump’s tweet, Frey said: “Weakness is refusing to take responsibility for your own actions. Weakness is pointing your own finger at a time of crisis.””Donald Trump knows nothing about the strength of Minneapolis. We are strong as hell,” he said.The Minnesota National Guard said it activated 500 of its soldiers in the greater Minneapolis area, mostly to provide security support to firefighters.The mayor said many of the troops had been posted around the city to help police prevent looting of banks, grocery stores, pharmacies and other essential locations during the coronavirus pandemic.Several other buildings and a car were set ablaze and looters plundered several businesses, including a burning liquor store and nearby discount store that had been ransacked the night before. Fire officials said 16 buildings were torched on Wednesday night.The upheaval followed concerted efforts by law enforcement officials to ease tensions by promising justice for Floyd.The Floyd case was reminiscent of the 2014 killing of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man in New York City who died after being put in a banned police chokehold as he, too, was heard to mutter, “I can’t breathe.”Garner’s dying words became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement that formed amid a wave of killings of African-Americans by police.At a peaceful daytime rally and march on Thursday around a county government center in Minneapolis, protesters pressed their demands for the four policemen to be arrested and charged.”We’re not asking for a favor. We’re asking for what is right,” civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton said as he addressed the crowd.Police Chief Medaria Arradondo publicly apologized to Floyd’s family on Thursday morning, conceding his department had contributed to a “deficit of hope” in Minneapolis.Officials overseeing investigations from the US Justice Department, FBI, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and prosecutors appealed for calm, vowing a thorough investigation.Floyd was a Houston native who had worked as a nightclub security guard. An employee who called police described the suspect as appearing to be drunk, according to an official transcript of the call. A third night of racially charged arson, looting and vandalism gripped Minneapolis as protesters vented rage over the death of an unarmed black man after a white police officer knelt on his neck as he lay on the ground following arrest.The latest unrest in Minnesota’s largest city went largely unchecked late Thursday, with the mayor ordering a tactical police retreat from a police station that was set ablaze.National Guard troops called out earlier in the day by the governor kept a low profile. Governor Tim Walz had ordered the Guard to help keep the peace after two previous nights of disturbances sparked by George Floyd’s death on Monday.center_img In a late-night Twitter message, President Donald Trump said he would send in National Guard troops to “get the job done right” if the “weak” mayor failed to restore order, suggesting lethal force might be needed.”Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” Trump wrote.The arrest of Floyd, 46, was captured by an onlooker’s cell phone video that went viral and showed a police officer pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck as he moaned: “Please, I can’t breathe.”Four police officers involved in the arrest of Lloyd, who was accused of trying to pass counterfeit money at a corner store, were dismissed on Tuesday, but unrest has continued unabated.last_img read more

AP funds back call for ‘ambitious’ framework to grow climate bond market

first_imgAsset owners and managers worth $2.2trn (€1.8trn), including Sweden’s AP funds, have urged governments to introduce guarantees and tax incentives to encourage the growth of green bonds.A statement by 17 investors – including the four Swedish buffer funds, Dutch pension manager MN and the California Teachers’ State Retirement System – said those issuing green and climate bonds should ensure the environmental impact of issuances is independently assessed.It added that governments should encourage the market’s growth through policy initiatives and regulation, offering guarantees, tax credits and other means that allow the signatories to address climate change while meeting obligations to beneficiaries.The statement also said “clear and independent” industry standards were needed, and that all projects needed to be “sufficiently ambitious” to meet emission-reduction targets while being economically feasible. “We, as investors and fiduciaries, understand we have a responsibility to address threats to the future performance of our investments from climate change, as well as a responsibility to secure our clients’ savings through sustainable and responsible investments,” they said. The Climate Bonds Initiative is currently working on voluntary industry standards for a number of issuances, with the European Investment Bank recently joining a working group tasked with agreeing standards for agricultural bonds.The organisation also recently launched a public database of green bond issuances, including links to issuances that have been assessed externally.The call from investors comes less than a week after the climate change conference in Lima, laying the groundwork for a comprehensive agreement in Paris next year.Speaking after countries at the conference agreed a compromise text – several days after the meeting was meant to conclude – Stephanie Pfeifer, chief executive at Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, said it was important any deal had credibility.“Reducing emissions to stay below 2 degrees is going to require investment in clean energy far beyond the levels seen to date,” she said.“Institutional investors are willing and able to play a big role in financing a low-carbon economy but need strong policy that creates the conditions for this investment.”,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to Investor Statement on green bondslast_img read more

Gold Coast house comes with free boat

first_imgThe couple added the second floor as part of the renovation. The boat on offer.“If they buy it furnished, the minute they settle it they can rent it out,” he said.The couple plan on travelling so want to sell their excess baggage before leaving.“We’re going overseas and planning on living in Japan for a year or two,” he said.“We’ve had our four years of fun (with the boat). We can always replace it.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago MEGA MANSIONS’ PRICES SLASHED BIG SALE SETS THE BAR HIGH This is not the first time the couple have come up with a crazy marketing gimmick.In 2015, they planned to auction off the same waterfront home and boat as well as a block of four units at Miami and a 2002 Porsche Boxter Convertible.The units went under contract before auction so Mr Merz and Ms Tanaka kept their home and renovated it. The home is much more open and modern after the renovation.They planned on adding a second level first then renovating the ground floor, but wild weather early last year damaged much of the home.“The roof was half off,” Mr Merz said.“Because of the situation, we decided to do the whole lot.”They decided to stay in the house throughout the year-long renovation, an experience Ms Tanaka described equivalent to “camping”.They finished the renovation in February and were thrilled with the result.Stuart Reeder, of Ray White, said the property will go under the hammer on August 26 at 10am. The property at 120 Rio Vista Boulevard, Broadbeach Waters is going to auction later this month with the boat and furniture.HOUSE hunters planning to bid on a Broadbeach Waters home at auction this month will get more than they bargained for.Jim Merz and partner Sakura Tanaka will include their Four Winns Horizon 190 boat and furniture in the sale of their Rio Vista Blvd property.Mr Merz hoped the unusual move would sweeten the deal.center_img Jim Merz and Sakura Tanaka are taking there Broadbeach Waters home to auction this month and will include their boat and furniture. Picture Mike Batterham The home was renovated earlier this year.last_img read more

BVGA, InnoEnergy Update Report on Future Offshore Wind Costs

first_imgBVG Associates (BVGA) has published an updated report on future costs of energy for offshore wind for InnoEnergy, examining how technology innovation is anticipated to reduce the cost of energy from European offshore wind farms up to 2030.The report details 57 technology innovations that will have greatest impact on reducing the cost of electricity from European offshore wind farms.Working with InnoEnergy, BVGA has developed future technology cost models for four renewable energy generation technologies. The cost models explore and track the impact of innovations on the levelised cost of energy (LCOE) in a consistent way across the four technologies.The study centres on a cost model in which a range of technology innovations impact on the cost elements of baseline wind farms. These wind farms are defined in terms of the turbine size, site types and four points in time at which the projects reach the final investment decision (FID).This report is an update of previous reports published by InnoEnergy in June 2014 and September 2016, and uses the same input data structure.last_img read more

Bringing Suicide “Out of the Darkness” In Indiana

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – With the death of actor and comedian Robin Williams still fresh in the minds of many Hoosiers, mental-health advocates want to keep the conversation going, as the state and nation recognize Suicide Prevention Week this week.Lisa Brattain, the Indiana and Ohio Area Director for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, says the stigma of mental illness keeps many from seeking treatment.“Stigma exists where the absence of knowledge lives,” Brattain says. “For some people it’s hard to understand this is an illness because you physically can’t measure or gauge, like you can a blood test.”According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are an estimated 40,000 reported suicides each year; nationally and suicides rates have been on an upward trend since 1999. This fall, there are a series of walks scheduled across the state. “Out of the Darkness” is designed to raise funds and awareness for suicide prevention.The next event is Saturday, Sept. 13, at White River State Park in Indianapolis.There are an estimated 23.9-million Americans coping with some form of depression. Brattain stresses, suicide is preventable and more work is needed to recognize and treat depression, and remove the stigma from mental illness.“Research has to be happening in detection and treatment options,” says Brattain. “We know from other illnesses that if research isn’t happening we never see improvements. We never see lives being saved.”Brattain encourages anyone who has had thoughts of taking their own life or knows someone who has, to call the association’s 24-hour crisis hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.Mary Kuhlmanlast_img read more

St Kitts, Haiti end CONCACAF Under-20 campaign on losing note

first_imgSAN JOSE, Costa Rica – St Kitts and Nevis could not withstand a first half assault from United States and crashed to a heavy 4-1 defeat, to finish the preliminary round of the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship with three straight lossesSebastian Saucedo struck twice while Brooks Lennon and Jonathan Lewis added one each, to condemn the Kittitians to a bottom place finish in Group B on Friday.There was also disappointment for the other Caribbean Football Union side in action as French nation Haiti disappointingly went down 3-1 to Panama in the opening game.The results ensured the elimination of both St Kitts and Haiti as Panama topped the group with a perfect nine points with the US second on six.Playing at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa, Lennon opened the scoring for the US in the 16th minute when he collected Jeremy Eboisse left-sided cross and volleyed past goalkeeper Nathan Lescott from close range.The second goal arrived three minutes later courtesy of some fortune as Lewis tucked in a loose ball after Lennon’s corner.Saucedo then scored twice in seven minutes to end the game as a serious contest. His first was a spectacular long range shot from about six yards outside the box in the 35th minute and his second came four minutes from the break through a long range spot kick.St Kitts gained some consolation in the 77th minute when Romario Martin capitalized on a mix-up in the US defence to net only his side’s second goal of the competition.last_img read more