Vermont Yankee wins approval from NRC for license renewal

first_imgNorthstar Vermont Yankee,As expected, the Nuclear Regulatry Commission this afternoon approved the application of Entergy Vermont Yankee to relicense the plant another 20 years, as it denied the last remaining objection by the New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution. The official approval is expected to be handed down within the next few days.The Vernon nuclear plant’s license was to expire in March 2012. The plant must still get approval from the Vermont Legislature and the Public Service Board. It seems the legislative approval would be unlikely, given that it overwhelmingly voted against the extension one year ago. However, Entergy, based in New Orleans, has indicated it may try and circumvent the legislative approval and go to federal court. The NRC has approved every license extension that has been requested to date.Meanwhile, reaction to the NRC’s action was swift. The IBEW Local 300, the electricians’ union and longtime supporter of the relicensing, issued this statement:‘The IBEW welcomes today’s announcement by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission that it will grant a renewed license for Vermont Yankee through 2032. As the chief regulator for all American nuclear power plants, the NRC has an excellent record for safety and environmental protection.  Its relicensing process has been long and thorough.  ‘The IBEW hopes that today’s announcement will prompt Vermont utilities and Vermont Yankee plant owner Entergy to finalize a power contract for the duration of the 20-year license.  We also urge state officials to support the plant’s continued operation. The IBEW stands ready to cooperate in any way to keep the hundreds of Vermont Yankee employees on the job delivering reliable low-cost, low-carbon power to Vermont homes and businesses.’Governor Shumlin, who led the fight to deny the relicense last year as a state senator, said: ‘Today’s vote from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is not unexpected, and does not change the fact that Vermont Yankee still needs approval from the state to continue operating beyond its 2012 license expiration. I am pleased that the NRC is reaffirming Vermont’s authority to determine the plant’s future. Given the serious radioactive tritium leaks and the recent tritium test results, the source of which has yet to be determined, and other almost weekly problems occurring at this facility, I remain convinced that it is not in the public good for the plant to remain open beyond its scheduled closing in 2012.’Vermont Yankee employs about 600 at its plant in Vernon and headquarters in Bratlteboro, about 200 of whom live in Vermont. Vermont Yankee must make a decision whether to make an approximate $50 million fuel purchase within the next few months. Fuel cycles typically run in 18-month cycles and the next one would be scheduled for December.last_img read more

Is that a banana in your beer?

first_imgI have a good friend who’s a WaterKeeper—one of those paddlers who fights to clean up our waterways and tries to keep Duke Energy in check. At least that’s what he says he does. From what I can tell, his job consists of paddling around in a canoe with his dog and drinking beer. It’s not a bad gig. It’s an even better gig considering the fact that SweetWater Brewing, out of Atlanta, likes to shovel beer and money at the Waterkeeper Alliance (over $150,000 last year alone), developing an annual “Save Our Water” campaign that helps raise awareness and supply funds for Waterkeepers like my buddy, so they can keep canoeing with their dogs and drinking beer…for a living.Okay, seriously, Waterkeepers do some important work. They’re the dudes and dudettes who stop the murky discharges from factories and farms from hitting our rivers, the paddlers who remove the trash from our river banks, and the heroes who make sure our federal and state governments comply with the Clean Water Act.SweetWater is so smitten with the Waterkeepers of our land, that they’ve created a special brew to honor their unsung numbers. The Waterkeeper Hefeweizen is an easy-drinking, summer beer that’s crisp with just a hint of banana. But please don’t try to stuff a banana into the bottle in an attempt to maximize that particular flavor. This would be a mistake. Bananas don’t belong in beer. Everything turns to mush. It’s like trying to drink baby food. I’m not saying I’ve tried this personally, this is just what I’ve heard on the street. I swear.Pick up your Waterkeeper Hefe from now until Labor Day. I’m serious about the banana thing. Don’t do it.Check out SweeetWater’s Waterkeeper campaign here: Hefeweizenlast_img read more

5 ways to be a hipster without going broke

first_imgYou walk into a cozy nook. The smell of old books and hot chai fill the air.Then you see them: hipsters.They’re so cool, with their hair and their clothes and their Macbook Airs. Oh, what you’d give to be just like them.There’s only a slight problem. You’re kind of a nerd. You like to crunch numbers from time to time. Your check your credit scores and credit reports annually. Spreadsheets are your gig. You might have actually calculated how much money you need to save per month to have a nice retirement.If only you could love finances and be a hipster at the same time.Imagine the possibilities. Imagine the friends you’ll make. Imagine your social life blossoming into bouquet of casual conversation – whatever that means.Contrary to what you may think, it is possible to combine both worlds. You can be a financial hipster. And I’m going to show you how. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

DWI Suspect Crashed Into Patrol Car, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Rocky Point man was arrested for allegedly driving drunk and sideswiping a Suffolk County deputy sheriff’s patrol car while the deputy was performing a traffic stop, authorities said.Vincent Rudolf was driving his Plymouth Neon on Route 25A in Miller Place when the crash occurred near the corner of Miller Place Road on Wednesday, authorities said.“Sir, we’re at Wendy’s,” the 23-year-old reportedly told the deputy, who pulled him over in a McDonald’s parking lot, after Rudolf overheard the deputy advising his dispatcher of his location, according to authorities.Rudolf was found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.16, double the legal limit of 0.08 percent, authorities said.Rudolf was charged with driving while intoxicated. A judge set his bail at $1,000.last_img read more

Life Can Never Be Normal for Survivors of The Walking Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Lissa HarrisTalking with my friend and fellow The Walking Dead fanatic about the two most recent episodes, titled “Forget” and “Spend,” she mentioned that she’d just seen “American Sniper,” so the subject of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder came up because it seems to be affecting each character on the show.For the moment, the group has found a seemingly safe haven in Alexandria so we get to see how they’d act if they were thrown back “before all this,” as they put it. It’s a genius move by TWD’s writers because we’ve all wondered about this. With every tragedy, each character has sunk to new depths of despair. These people have entered a territory that tests their humanity.Last year I concluded that watching their travail was why we loved the show. We were all safe and sound knowing that none of it was real. But I’m not comfortable with it anymore. Now we see what may be the aftermath of enduring “all this.” How each character would handle the return to civilization after going through the most tragic and traumatic events imaginable.Rick, Carol and Sasha were at the center of “Forget,” and Glen was the real focus in “Spend.” We saw firsthand how they’re dealing with PTSD. Rick was skeptical about staying in Alexandria but in his conversation with Michonne, he clearly wanted it to be legit. In a calculated move, Deanna, the town’s leader, appoints him as constable. He accepts the role, even donning a makeshift uniform. But for the first time since he woke up in that hospital bed, I don’t trust him.  Rick is acting out inappropriately with his married neighbor—a harbinger of why none of this is going to work out as they hope. Even in the face of danger, Rick says they can simply “take the town” with the guns and ammo that Carol took from the town’s storeroom. For quite some time, Rich has been bordering on hopelessness. Now the darkness seems to be guiding him, and only time will tell if he can ward off the chaos and the fear.Carol has not a shred of dignity left. Any justification she had for her past transgressions went bye-bye when she threatened a little boy who had caught her stealing and acted like a wild animal bent on survival. She has no humanity left.  I knew she was gone as soon as she donned her “cookie mom” outfit and happily strolled out of the house. She is no longer capable of living in society. RIP, Carol’s soul.Glen, sweet Glen, is the sole survivor who would have had all of his heart still intact had he not been witness to Noah’s demise. His death was one of the most brutal in the show’s history, an impressive distinction, and it affected Glen in a way I’ve never seen before. More will be revealed about how his heart-break will play out, but for now we can call it the fall of TWD’s lone optimist. The look in his face showed that he is no longer whole.Sasha is the character who I relate to the most. From 2008-2013 my husband and I experienced a series of lay-offs that thrust us directly into the arms of food assistance programs and other state and local aid providers.  Anyone who has gone through economic hardship and then come back to a state of financial stability is going to feel a mild form of PTSD. Living on the North Shore, I now have an organic distrust of anyone who drives a Mercedes SUV or has a house with more than four bedrooms. I can’t help it. I want to scream at them: “Don’t you feel like an asshole spending that much money when people are starving and homeless? Don’t you!??”My ego understands that everything is relative, but my id wants to burn down every house with a three-car garage. Sasha reluctantly goes to a party thrown for Alexandria’s newest residents where a woman offers to cook her favorite meal. “Everyone has a favorite,” the woman persists in telling her, while disturbing visions of dead Tyrese, Bob, and Beth send Sasha’s mind reeling. “I’m worried I’ll cook something you don’t like!” the woman says. But Sasha exclaims, “That’s what you worry about?” I feel that way, to a lesser degree, of course, almost daily in my town.  Later in the episode Sasha tells Deanna, “None of this is real.” And she’s right. The reality is that despair and death don’t end when “all of this” is over.  The reality is that broken people don’t heal in the ways that we imagine when we’re sitting in our living rooms on a Sunday night. Most often they don’t heal at all. “We are the walking dead,” Rick once said, referring to their group of survivors. Glen vehemently disagreed. These two episodes make me wonder who is right.last_img read more

Sultan lets Cunard House

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GWS Chief Commercial Officer Becomes CEO

first_imgGlobal Wind Service (GWS) has appointed Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) Michael Høj Olsen as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective from today, 19 February.The new CEO succeeded co-founder Lars Petersen who will continue with GWS in the role of CCO responsible for sales and business development.Source: GWS“I am very excited about the opportunity to drive the continued growth and development of GWS, together with all our dedicated colleagues. GWS is a unique company in the wind industry and we take pride in our strong corporate DNA,” said Olsen.“Our ambition to be the preferred global partner for complete wind turbine services remains the same, and we will continue to build on our strengths, always striving to deliver the highest safety and quality standards to our customers across the wind industry.”According to GWS, Olsen held the position of CCO at GWS from 2014, before which he worked at Vestas in marketing roles.“Michael joined GWS in 2014 as Chief Commercial Officer and has played a key role in accelerating our growth and strengthening our commercial setup and customer relationships. Stepping away from the CEO role is a decision that I haven’t taken lightly but the time is now right for me to hand over to Michael,” Petersen said.“At heart, I’m an entrepreneur and GWS needs a new and different set of competencies to take us further on our journey. I remain fully committed to GWS and have great ambitions on behalf of the company. I look forward to developing our commercial business and the close partnership approach we have with all our loyal customers.”last_img read more

Tropical Storm Arthur Forms in the Atlantic

first_img 192 Views   no discussions Share As of the Saturday night 10PM update from the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Arthur has formed in the Atlantic and becomes the first named storm of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season.The first tropical depression has formed in the Atlantic Basin east of the central Florida coast. As of Saturday evening, Tropical Depression One, before it was named, had sustained winds of 35 mph with higher gusts.Over the past few years, the Atlantic Basin has seen tropical cyclones form ahead of the official start of the hurricane season.  Subtropical Storm Andrea  formed May 20-21, 2019 and Tropical Storm Alberto formed May 25-31, 2018.The last time the name Arthur used was six years ago in 2014 when Hurricane Arthur formed just east of Florida on July 1 and made landfall on July 5 as a category 2 storm in North Carolina. If a name is not retired, it will be recycled every six years.The official start of the Atlantic Hurricane season is June 1 and lasts until November 30.(KBTX) Tweet LifestyleLocalNews Tropical Storm Arthur Forms in the Atlantic by: – May 18, 2020center_img Sharing is caring! Share Sharelast_img read more

AG Curtis Hill warns Hoosiers to beware storm chasers

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Severe storms, high winds, lightning strikes and other forms of severe weather can bring bad actors into local communities. With this in mind, Attorney General Curtis Hill is warning Hoosiers to beware of scammers who descend on storm-affected communities in order to take advantage of homeowners needing repairs.“We’ve all seen the significant damage that can result from storms ripping through neighborhoods,” Attorney General Hill said. “Hoosiers needing home repairs can become vulnerable targets for fly-by-night fix-up crews that appear at their doorsteps promising to work cheaply and quickly.”Reputable contractors also visit storm-ravaged neighborhoods offering their services, Attorney General Hill noted, but consumers must do their homework to make sure to hire trustworthy companies.Attorney General Hill offered these tips to Hoosiers:Do not sign documents or agree to any repair work on the spot during initial contact with someone offering services. Instead, simply obtain the person’s contact information.Do not provide access to your home to any stranger offering to perform a free inspection. Among other possible dangers, unethical contractors have been known to secretly cause damage to homes in order to then repair it.Do not fall for high-pressure tactics such as the claim that you’ll get the best deal by agreeing to hire a contractor immediately on the spot.Consider the possible wisdom of finding your own contractor rather than accepting the services of someone who shows up at your house.Research any business or individual offering services. Look for signs of credibility such as official websites. Seek reviews and testimonials from former customers.Contact your insurance agency to find out your terms of coverage. Ask whether your insurance company recommends any particular repair company.Do not sign over insurance checks directly to repair companies. Rather, obtain the invoices yourself and pay repair companies directly.Get multiple quotes. Shop and compare just as you would with any other important consumer decision.Avoid letting the emotional toll of a situation influence decisions about repairing or replacing items that are damaged or lost.“The best decision is an informed decision,” Attorney General Hill said. “Double check before you write a check.”Hoosiers are encouraged to contact the Office of the Indiana Attorney General about any suspected scams. You can file a complaint by clicking here or calling 1-800-382-5516.last_img read more

Lady Trojans Sweep Lady Lions

first_imgECVB faced Rushville last night in their home opener. All three teams won in straight sets.Varsity won with the scores of 25-11, 25-11 and 25-20.   ‘We started off strong with the first point of the game by three of our four seniors with a perfect pass by Disbro, perfect set by Gregg, and a powerful kill by Rosemeyer. That seemed to be the a common trend throughout the match. We dominated the first two sets, and it started with our passing. We passed a commanding 2.47 on serve receive which let us run whatever offense we wanted. Set three we just went through the motions. We let Rushville play with us point for point until 20-20 where we ended the match on a 5-0 run behind the serving of our other senior, Faith Fox. In set three we only passed 1.84 on serve receive and it showed with our lack of offense. The girls battled through enough to get the win.’ Trojans Coach Cassie Laker.      ECVB vs Rushville 8-27-19Varsity is now 4-2 on the season and 2-0 in EIAC. Next up: at Batesville on Thursday. JV starts at 5, varsity follows.  Tonight ECVB JV defeated the Rushville Lady Lions in two sets.‘As a team there were many areas of growth in tonight’s match, especially behind the serving line. Recently serving has been an area of emphasis for this squad for it has been of our struggle in the past few matches, but not tonight. Also, there were quite a few athletes who stepped up and were above their usual average. Rushville never gave up, we just happened to keep the scoring runs to a minimum. I am proud of tonight’s performance for I started to see discipline and girls understanding why we have been practicing/focusing on the little things.’ Trojans Coach Jose Andres.  ECVB JV is now 5-1 on the season and 2-0 in the EIAC. Next up, Batesville on Thursday.last_img read more