Vermont Yankee fixes new leak, powers plant back up

first_imgAs of Tuesday afternoon, the plant is operating at 100 percent power ~615 megawatts after reconnecting to the New England power grid early Saturday morning. Plant power will vary slightly over the next several days while operators perform rod pattern adjustments to the reactor to achieve 100% steady state operation.Source: Vermont Yankee. 6.1.2010 Northstar Vermont Yankee,During plant start-up activities Friday night, plant operators at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon identified a condition described as vapor and water dripping in the Advanced Off Gas excavated area. The volume was estimated to be extremely small and occurred over a period of approximately four hours. According to Yankee, this was a new leak. The leak has been stopped and there is no leak at this time. Yankee said there is no threat to public health or safety.The vapor and water dripping was identified at approximately 7:30 pm during warm up of the AOG system. No leakage was visible after warm up and shortly after the AOG system was placed in service. The leak was located on a two-inch drain line and is approximately one-eighth of an inch in diameter.The vapor and water dripping was observed coming from the end of a concrete enclosure surrounding a two inch drain line in the AOG excavation just before the pipe enters the wall of the drain tank room. Soil testing of the area was performed and tested positive for several radioisotopes in a one-foot radius from the leak source.The surface areas where water had previously been observed were sampled for surface contamination.  Samples were positive for tritium.  A sample of wood that had been exposed to the leak and soil below the leak site showed measurable levels of radio-isotopes.  Isotopes detected were chromium-51, manganese-54, cobalt-58, cobalt-60, zinc-65, zinc-69, niobium-95, rhodium-105, xenon-131, cesium-137, barium-140 and lanthanum-140.  Some of these isotopes (rhodium-105, xenon-131, barium-140 and lanthanum-140) are short lived and are evidence that the contamination was recent.Yankee said its current plans are to remediate the soil at the area of the leak and evaluate the condition of the two inch drain line. Repair options under evaluation include removing the line from service, replacing the line, or performing an on-line leak repair. The identified leak should not reoccur during normal plant operation, with the AOG system in service.The NRC and State of Vermont were notified.Vermont Yankee was reconnected to the New England electrical grid shortly after midnight Saturday.On Sunday and Monday, Vermont Yankee engineers and maintenance personnel worked to develop a repair technique to isolate the 2 inch AOG drain line, which was the source of minor leakage during plant startup on Friday night.  During development of the procedure, a test mock-up was made that simulated actual condition in the in-service pipe.  The repair process involves drilling into the pipe at two locations and injecting compounds that harden as they cure.  A different compound is then injected between these two locations that expands to become a rubber like plug.The technique was validated about midday on Monday, and repairs were then begun on the 2 inch drain line.  The repairs were completed by about 6:30 pm on Monday.  This effort successfully isolated this line within the AOG Pipe Tunnel, by installing the sealing materials, and the AOG Drain Tank Room, by closing an existing valve.   This effectively removed the portion of the system within the excavated area from service. No steam or water is currently flowing through this drain pipe. Vermont Yankee said that it should be noted that there was no leakage from this pipe since the recent leak occurred and was terminated during the evening of May 28th. Conditions for the leak in the drain line to occur only exist for a short time during plant start up.  That is the reason leakage was not detected earlier during normal operation.Following isolation of the drain pipe, workers today are in the process of removing contaminated soil from the area.  Excavation is expected to be completed on Wednesday.  Groundwater samples taken at the nearby GZ-10 well on Sunday and Monday showed no detectable levels of tritium.The leak has been entered into Vermont Yankee s corrective action process which will determine the cause of the event and how it can be prevented in the future.last_img read more

Local Sports Results For Thursday (8-20)

first_imgThe Batesville Bulldogs Boys Soccer team were 6-0 victors over The Rushville Lions in a game you heard on 103.9 WRBI!Batesville once again came out strong with a quick goal just a minute into the match when Calvin Sherwood assisted Ian Powers for a shot into the net. Throughout the first half JJ Kuisel and Ian Powers connected for a total of 6 goals. Each player scored their hat trick. The second half went on with many opportunities, but never again found the net. The final score ended 6-0 with the Bulldogs winning their conference match. Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kyle Hunteman.The Batesville Bulldogs Boys Junior Varsity Soccer team hosted Rushville with the game ended up scoreless.The match was one 40-minute half and was the first action of the season for the JV team. The Bulldogs put together a few promising runs with Grant Peters and Owen Powers taking shots on goal but ultimately, never found the back of the net resulting in a 0-0 tie.Batesville looks to improve off of the good defensive start and build off of that in the next game.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tyler Burcham.Shelbyville defeated Oldenburg 3-1 in Varsity Boys Soccer.Franklin County played Rising Sun tonight at home on a beautiful summer evening. Even more pretty than the weather was the excellent passing and possession game displayed by the Lady Wildcats winning 3-0.The Lady Wildcats had 10 shots on goal on the first half, dominated play and maintained possession 90% of the time, but couldn’t capitalize.In the second half Franklin County broke it up and scored three goals in rapid succession:Goal 1 Jordan Nichols assisted by Karlee RobertsGoal 2 Kamryn Dozier assisted by Halee BarkerGoal 3 Jordan Nichols assisted by Dani BulachThe back line was impenetrable in the first half with barely any possession by Rising Sun on the Wildcats defensive half. Anchored by Claudia Mauntel, and Laura Edwards the Wildcats did not allow a single shot on on goal. Regan Noble, Kaitlyn Brunemann, Taylor Conrad, Dani Bulach, Kalene Dean, Maddie Merritt and Felicity Bohman were exceptionally tough.The high pressure came from capable and fast strikers Jordan Nichols, Grace Kruthaupt Lauren Kelley and Zoey Gruber.,The secret sauce came with the contributions of the center midfielders Kylee Gibson, Kamryn Dozier, Kaylin Knapp , Erica Weaver, Karlee Roberts and Regan Noble. The outside midfielders r not only not defended well but played composed and creative in their attack. Halee Barker, Ashley Mauntel, Kloe Bolos and Morgan Stewart were a threat with shooting and excellent crosses to dangerous territory.Goal keeper Josie Rolfes spent some time on the field and Kalene Dean picked up the one save on the night.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Cindy Adams.  The Greensburg Lady Pirates Varsity Soccer traveled to Oldenburg for their third match of the season.The Lady Pirates held off the Twisters for 16 minutes until they allowed the first twister goal. Keeper Captain Ella Lowe saw 17 shots in the first half and managed to save all but one. Lowe saw an additional 13 shots in the second half, only allowing two additional to fall in the net.The Lady Pirates had a light game on attempted shott with only six. Emily Rosales, Macey Smith, Kylie Hostetler, and Kayla Haycock all attempted shots. The final score was 3-0. This brings the Pirates record to 2-1. They travel to Union County on Saturday with a start time of 10 A.M.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Ryan Morlan.The JCD Middle School Eagles Boys team traveled to South Ripley winning 1-0 scoring at the 24 minute mark by Lane Carroll.   Game stats are: Lane Carroll 1 goal, 7 shots, Brody Huff 2 shots, Grant Rinear 5 shots, 1 assist. Defensive: Kayden Vachet 3 stops, Sam Simon 3 stops, Berkley Williams 2 stops, Carson Comer 5 stops. Ben Schoettmer 10 Saves.PLAYER OF THE GAME Grant Rinear.Courtesy of Eagles Coach Larry Hammond.The Batesville Boys Varsity Tennis team defeated Connersville 3-2 on Thursday.Cael Rahe at #2 singles, Jaden Smith at #3 singles and the #1 doubles team of Sam Voegele and Max Geisting all won three-set matches to lead the Bulldogs. Batesville is now 1-1 and 1-0 in the EIAC.In JV action, Hank Ritter/Jackson Tracy won in doubles along with singles wins from Alec Bunselmeier, Chase Schwegman, and Landon Oldham led the Bulldogs to a 4-2 win. Batesville’s JV is now 2-0The Bulldogs will host Shelbyville on Monday. Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.The Batesville Bulldogs XC Team hosted the 4 team XC race tonight, Thursday, August 20th against Greensburg, North Decatur and South Decatur. Although not as humid as it has been, the sun was still bright and hot. However, the Bulldogs came ready to race and took advantage of the home course finishing the night with two team victories and all 7 varsity runners in the top 10 of the races.  In fact, the boys had the ultimate perfect score with not only scoring the lowest possible of 15 points, but also had all 7 varsity runners as the first 7 to cross the finish line.The boys were led by Junior Ean Loichinger who just missed breaking 17 with a time of 17:01. He had two teammates closely behind him, Benjamin Moster crossing at 17:12 and Adam Hollowell 17:13.  Finishing out the top 7 for the boys were Daren Smith (18:33), Eli Loichinger (18:36), Nathan Villani (18:43) and Will Nuhring (18:58).  Greensburg came in 2nd with 55 points, South Decatur 3rd at 81 points and North Decatur 4th with 107 points.  Way to go boys!  Although not quite the perfect score, the Girls still had a low score of 24, beating Greensburg by 20 with 44 points. South Decatur just nudged ahead of North Decatur 85-88 for 3rd and 4th.  Greensburg’s Brenner Hanna was the overall winner of the girls race beating the field by almost 2:30 minutes with an incredible time of 18:41.  Leading the way for Batesville was Ava Hanson claiming 2nd at 21:13, followed closely by Madison Rahschulte at 21:25.  The Bulldogs next 5 crossed 6-10th place. In order were Sophie Myers (22:25), Trysta Vierling (22:45), Megan Allgeier (23:31), Lily Pinckley (23:32) and Carley Pride (24:10). Great job ladies!The Bulldogs did have several personal records broken tonight and they were Adam Hollowell, Eli Loichinger, Will Nuhring, Kyler Daulton and Sean Callahan. Way to go everyone!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.The North Decatur Chargers Volleyball team put up a fight against the Lawrenceburg Tigers in 4 sets for the home opener 25-8, 21-25, 25-20, 31-29.The Chargers fell in the fourth set 31-29 to close out the match. Sr. Jenna Geis led with 4 solo blocks. So. Caroline Stapp led the Chargers with 16 kills followed by So. Madelyn Bohman with 12. Bohman led serving with 5 aces followed by Jr. Lainey Crites with 2 aces. Sr. Anna Burkhart led digs with 12 and Stapp led serve receiving with 28 passes.Courtesy of Chargers Coach Ashley Gauck.The East Central VB teams swept South Dearborn in straight sets at all 3 levels last night to start EIAC play 1-0. Varsity won with the scores of 25-10, 25-9, 25-16.‘We pushed the girls to work on their offensive connections and I think we are slowly heading in the right direction. We still have some work to do, but these girls are willing to put in the work to get there.’ Trojans Coach Cassie Laker.  Varsity is now 1-1 on the season and 1-0 in EIAC play.  Next up: Southport match (not invitational like usual) for JV and Varsity at 10 AM.The Batesville Middle School 7th Grade Volleyball Team fell to Jac-Cen-Del in 2 games by the scores 25-20; 25-17.Inconsistent play from the service line and in serve reception proved to be the difference. We will continue to work on improving our skills and teamwork for next week’s games. Some of the top performances for the night came from Jade Martin who earned 5 points on 7 good serves including 2 aces and Ashlee Sparks with 3 service points including two aces. Reesa Zimmerman picked up 3 kills in the front line. Addilyn Froehling chipped in with a timely kill and a service ace to help the team. Keep working hard, girls! Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Shelly Prickel.The BMS 8th graders had another good win this week, defeating Jac-Cen-Del 25-12, 25-11.Sophie Gesell led all servers with 11 points; including 5 aces.  Ave Powner chipped in 7 service points with 4 aces. Aly Peters had 5 service points with 2 aces. Molly Meer and Annie Negavetich each had 4 service points. In the front line Meers had 3 kills, while Peters and Kate Bauer had 2 kills, and Eva Struewing added 1 kill. The back row of Sarah Bedel, Addison Westrick, Ava Williamson, Bauer, Meer, and Negavetich were all scrappy with a lot of digs. The team is now 2-0.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Angie Ehrman.The St. Louis Cardinals traveled to Sunman Dearborn last night for volleyball.  The 7th grade won against Sunman Dearborn in 2 sets.  Scores were 25-16 and 25-22.  Serving for SLS were Ella King with 9pts, Campbell Miles with 8pts, Mimi Smith with 3pts, and Ava Hollins with 1pt.  We had some really great serving streaks that pulled us in the lead.  Our back row really pulled off some great serve receives, and digs to keep the ball in action.  Nice job ladies you are improving leaps and bounds.The 8th-grade game wasn’t able to bring home the win, but played a tough Sunman Dearborn 8th grade team.  Final scores were 25-16 and 25-12.  Serving for SLS were Meg Ritter with 5pts, Ashley Hunter with 2pts, and Paige Watters, Cora Roth, Bridget Lohmueller, and Lucy Abplanalp all bring 1pt to the board.  Sunman Dearborn had some spurts of service that we had to adapt in receiving.  Our girls never gave up on this and were successfully at shutting it down.  We had some great net play with Ashley Hunter and Lucy Abplanalp that got the sideout we were looking for.  Nice job by all, keep working hard.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Erin Trenkamp.FCHS Girls Golf Team defeated Rushville Thursday night at Brook Hill with a team score of 172-230.Lady Wildcats Scores-Gracie Graf (Medalist) 38; Camryn Brewer 49; Nicole Mears 42; Crystal Calihan 43 (Personal Best); Kelsie Brackney 52; Lillie Graf 48 (Personal Best); Jacy Grimmeissen 52 (Personal Best).Courtesy of Wildcats AD Denny Dorrel.last_img read more

AFC turned out to be the biggest hoax played on Guyana (Part 2)

first_imgDear Editor,Since the President is arrogating unto himself morality as the justification for his actions toward nomination of Public Officials, I find it instructive to examine the President’s actions with respect to the whole drug bond scenario.Dr George Norton, as Hon Minister of Public Health, lied to Parliament and was involved in a corrupt negotiation, and yet he is still fit and proper, intelligent, impartial, and with the integrity to run the Ministry of Social Cohesion. Former Acting Commissioner of Police Mr David Ramnarine was heavily criticised for transferring fallen Police officers, yet it is okay to transfer a corrupt Minister of Government to a new Ministry. Worse yet, Dr. George Norton is now the Vice-Chairman of the PNCR.Contrast the actions of Kamla Persaud-Bissessar, who fired eleven Ministers in four years while she was Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago.It has become clear that posturing by the President about ‘fit and proper’ and integrity and decency has no deep moral centre. It is all an act put on to penetrate the independence of the Guyana Public Service and to insert his choices into strategic positions.The AFC also asked the people of this nation to lynch the corrupt PPP officials, but forgive the AFC officials. We must still put our trust and faith in Nigel and Cathy Hughes after the entire Sithe-Global conflict of interest fiasco. I reiterate that double standards imply no standards.And this is a very sad situation for the People of this nation. A lot of us feel saddened, but we must arise from this depression.What we have in Government is a set of opportunists pursuing an agenda that the people of this country did not set. The single member of the administration who has voiced genuine concern for the wishes of the people is the Hon Jaipaul Sharma. The actions of this Government, including the breaches of the constitution, the contempt for the Carter Process, and recent calls for the National Assembly to appoint Commissioners, must be interpreted in the context of the double standards they have shown us. An alarm has been sounded throughout the nation. It has become clear to me that the citizens of this country have a problem of dictatorship on their hands, and the potential for electoral malpractice is evident.Can we, the citizens of this nation, do more than just shake our heads in disbelief at our unfortunate circumstances?As a child, I lived through the PNC dictatorship, and was at home hearing the wailing from the funeral procession of Dr Walter Rodney, who gave his life for this country. As a child, adults fought and paid with their lives for me to enjoy free and fair elections and an independent press. As an adult, I inherited a democracy that was hard earned. Now, as an adult, I am shocked to see a reversal and a callous trampling of the democratic values and practices that were so hard earned.Adults of today have a responsibility to create a stable political future, so that our children’s tomorrow may be free of this blight of dictatorship, corruption and political instability.While I was a graduate student at the Royal Holloway University in the UK, our backyard and playground were the fields of Runnymede, where the historic Magna Carta was sealed in 1215. We have inherited a British political infrastructure, but we did not endure the centuries-long struggle of the British people, nor have we endured the struggles of the American people for freedom. Let us be clear that our struggle is not one of PPP vs PNC politics. It is a relatively young struggle for a democratic political culture, an ideal that Government should be of the people, for the people and by the people.When we are governed by ideals, our politics can be graceful. Statesmen and women are elevated into politics by their virtues, not their greed and ambition and gerrymandering. Politics is an act of servant leadership, not to be engaged in for personal remuneration. While the politicians reveal to us daily who they are, we, the people of this country, must hold onto our centre and be the source of light in the darkness.Our struggle for democracy in this country continues, and as we stay calm and press on with it, when we feel afraid to voice our opinions and we feel oppressed by legislation, we must remember that people must not be afraid of their Governments, but Governments must be afraid of their people.Sincerely,Sandra Khanlast_img read more