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

Long Island Haunted Houses and Halloween Events 2015

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Summer is over, Long Island. Get over it. Now is the time to embrace your inner scare crow by enjoying Halloween all month long, not just on Oct. 31. Haunted houses full of ghosts, goblins and ghouls are creeping up across Long Island for a howling good time over the next month. The spooky events range from kid-friendly festivities for the whole family to the type of dark, twisted fright fests that scare the pants off supposedly grown adults—and plenty that fall in between.From local fire department fundraiser haunts to hardcore horror movie recreations—and even some loosely related events sprinkled throughout—here are more than three dozen Long Island haunted house event listings:New York Zombie ApocalypseLaser tag meets zombie apocalypse in this terrifying and unique interactive scare-attraction. 450 Commack Rd., Deer Park. nyzapocalypse.com $35-$40. Times vary, Thurs-Sun. Year round.Bayville Scream ParkWith five thrilling haunted attractions, a pumpkin bounce house, pumpkin patch and a spooky jungle tree, this is truly Long Island’s Halloween theme park. Bayville Adventure Park, 8 Bayville Ave., Bayville. bayvillescreampark.com $10.75-$49.75. Weekends through Oct. 4, Everyday Oct. 9 through Nov. 1, Nov. 6, 7.Happy HauntsFamily friendly frights, pumpkin decorating, aquarium shows and more. Adventureland Amusement Park, 2245 Route 110, Farmingdale. Adventureland.us. Free. Weekends through Nov. 1.The Addams Family: A New MusicalSee Morticia, Uncle Fester, Pugsley and Wednesday like you’ve never seen them before. SoLuna Studio, 659 Old Willets Path, Hauppauge. solunastudiony.com $15. Various dates and times through Nov. 1.Darkside Haunted HouseWalk through more than two-dozen movie-quality sets, experience bone-chilling special effects and heart-pounding scares. 5184 Route 25A, Wading River. darksideproductions.com $18-$23. 7-11 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Fri., 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Sat., 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Sun. Through Nov. 1. Kid friendly 1 p.m.-5 p.m.From The Archives: Long Island Huants: 13 Creepiest Haunted Places on Long Island Haunted PlayhouseWhen they’re not performing in plays and musicals, the actors at this community theater are convincingly turning their venue into a “Playhouse of Horrors.” Gateway Playhouse, 215 South Country Rd., Bellport. gatewayshauntedplayhouse.com $25-$40. Days and times vary, through Oct. 31. Visit website for kid friendly dates.Haunted Mansion of MelvilleFor the past 20 years, this particularly disturbing haunted house has starred a deranged doctor seemingly cursed by a book inscribed with ancient texts. Are you brave enough to pay a visit to the good doctor? For a separate $11 fee, visitors can navigate a haunted nighttime corn maze and for $5 more, they can volunteer to be “test subjects” for the doctor’s creepy experiments. (Maybe we’ll pass on that one.) F&W Schmitt’s Family Farm, 26 Pinelawn Rd., Melville. schmittshaunt.com $5-$30. Days and times vary, through Oct. 31.Otto the GhostTake the kids on a hayride down a decorated trail, visit farm animals and hear the latest family friendly animated adventures of Otto the Ghost. Fresh-picked apples, apple cider and candied apples available, plus roasted corn and popcorn on weekends. Hicks Nursery, 100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury. Free. hicksnurseries.com 9 a.m.-4 p.m. through Nov. 1.Haunted TunnelThis 300-foot tunnel is full of (not too scary) exhibits. The kids will also love the balloon bounce, mining for gold exhibit and face-painting. Woodside Nursery & Garden Center, 134 E Woodside Ave., North Patchogue. woodsidenurseryandgarden.com Prices vary. Days and times vary. Through Oct. 31.Chamber of HorrorsThis year’s “Trilogy of Fear” features Maniac Manor, Toxic City and Witch Asylum, as well as special Family Days for the little ones. Trilogy of Fear-Final Night will be the scariest yet – a full contact extravaganza on Nov. 1 with no rules! However, anyone willing to be put through the gauntlet must be 18 or older. 1745 Express Drive North, Hauppauge. chamberofhorrorsny.com $15-$60. Days and times vary. Through Nov. 1.Psycho Haunted HouseSchedule an appointment with the creepy Dr. DeKay, visit his patients and view his experiments. North Patchogue Fire Department, 33 Davidson Ave., North Patchogue. hauntedhouse.northpatchoguefd.net $10. 6-11:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 31.14 Nights of FrightPrepare to be seriously scared. Farmingville Fire Department Stationhouse No. 2, 1080 Portion Rd., Farmingville. www.lifrighthouse.com $8. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2-4, 10, 11, 16, 18, 23-25, Oct. 29-Nov. 1.Spooky HollowFor the kids not up for this haunted house, there is also Spookville and Spooky night hay ride. Wicks Farm, 445 New York 25A, St. James. 631-584-5727. Prices vary. $10 weekdays, $13 weekend days, $16 weekend nights. Through Oct 31.Nyctophobia Haunted HouseLeave the scaredy-cats at home. This immersive and interactive haunted experience takes place completely in the dark…Yikes! 1508 Main Rd., Jamesport. nyctophobiany.com $35. Oct. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25 and 31.Rise of The Jack O’LanternsMore than 5,000 jack o’lanterns hand-carved by professional artists and sculptors arranged in artful displays throughout a scenic trail. Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury, 516-252-1030. Advanced tickets required. therise.org Prices vary. Weekends Oct. 2-25, plus Oct. 15, 22.Restless Souls Long Haunted ChurchA haunted cemetery, church and a hair-raising trail through the woods. Not for the faint of heart! West Hills United Methodist Church 301 West Hills Rd., Huntington Station. restlesssoulshauntedchurch.webs.com $10 haunted house. $5 haunted trail. $12 both. 6-10 p.m. Fri. and Sat. 5-9 p.m. Sun. Oct. 9, 10, 16-18, 23-25, 30, 31.Yaphank Trail of TerrorA fright fest of epic proportions capped off with a creepy haunted maze. Afterward, cozy up to the bonfire and enjoy the concession stand. Yaphank Presbyterian Church 65 Main Street, Yaphank. yaphanktrail.wix.com. $10. 7-11 p.m. Oct. 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30.Haunted Trail of HorrorsOne word: terrifying. Middle Island Fire Department, 31 Arnold Dr., Middle Island. middleislandfd.org $10. 7:30-10 p.m. Oct. 16-17, 23-24 and 30.Haunted Hay BarnPrepare to be scared. Horseability at SUNY Old Westbury. horseability.org $13. 6-10 p.m. Oct. 6, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31.The Village: Haunted Tales and TrailsDetails of this year’s haunted trail event have yet to be announced but you can expect chills and thrills. Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. 516-572-8400. obvrnassau.com. Oct. 16-18, 23-25Spooky Walk at Camp PaquatuckBilled as the longest-running haunted walk on Long Island, this nearly three-decade old spook-filled event raises funds for Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck, a camp for children and adults with special needs. We enjoy being scared but we love a good cause so much more. 2 Chet Swezey Rd., Center Moriches. spookywalk.com $15. 7-9 p.m. Oct. 16, 17, 23 and 24.Hoyt Farm Monster MashInsanely popular with the kids, this year’s event is limited to Smithtown residents only. Hoyt Farm Town Park, 200 New Hwy., Commack. $15. RSVP at 631-543-7804. smithtownny.gov 12-4 p.m. Oct. 17, 18.Enchanted Forest TrailKids ages 2 to 7 are invited to dress up and meet whimsical, fun, and educational characters on the forest trails. Quogue Wildlife Refuge, 3 Old Country Rd., Quogue. RSVP at 631.653.4771. quoguewildliferefuge.org/events $10. Oct. 17: 11-2 p.m. Oct. 25: 12-3 p.m. Oct. 31: 11-1 p.m.Spooky FestPerfectly spooky and a little scary—fun for the whole family. Center for Science Teaching and Learning, Tanglewood Preserve, 1 Tanglewood Rd., Rockville Centre. cstl.org $15 all attractions, $10 for non-spooky attractions only. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 17, 23-25, 31, Nov. 1.Haunted Castle at Hempstead HouseMeet the ghosts of all those who ever called the castle home. Sands Point Reserve, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. thesandspointpreserve.com $20. $15 for members. 6-11 p.m. Oct. 23-25, 29-31.Great Jack-o’-Lantern SpectacularIn addition to contestants setting sail to their Jack-o’-Lanterns, there will be a kid-friendly spooky house, balloon twisting, arts and crafts, trick or treating, “funny fotos,” games and more. Participation is limited to the first 50 carved pumpkins. Jack-o’-Lanterns will set sail at 6 p.m. Pumpkins will only be accepted if they’re between the size of a soccer ball and a basketball. And don’t let your hard work go to waste. The pumpkins must be dropped off between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the day of the event. Belmont Lake State Park, Southern State Parkway Exit 38, North Babylon. nysparks.com/parks/88 $8 parking, free with Empire Pass. 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 24.Trick or Treat: Shadow Puppet MakingJoin professional puppeteers as you make your own Halloween puppets. Charles B. Wang Center Chapel 100 Nicolls Rd., Stony Brook. stonybrook.edu $5, kids under 12 free. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Oct. 24.Nature’s Halloween TrailNight creatures and “scary” natural phenomenon fill the woods. Bring a flashlight. Light refreshments follow. Mashomack Preserve, 47 South Fouth Ferry Rd., Shelter Island. $5 suggested donation. 5-6:30 p.m. Oct. 24.Ghost Stories and Legends of Fire IslandListen to tales of eerie happenings along the barrier beach. Dress warm, bring blankets and flashlights. Fire Island Lighthouse, east of Robert Moses State Park Field 5. fireislandlighthouse.com Free. 7 p.m. Oct. 24.Halloween Fun FestivalThe haunted house is just the tip of the iceberg–enjoy the scare crow park, trick-or-treating, marshmallow roasting and bowling. Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. madisontheatreny.org Free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 24Halloween Parade and Haunted HouseIf you plan on making the trip to this haunted house, you better come prepared to win. There’s “Best Costume” prizes available in a number of categories, plus goodies for all. A party at the haunted house follows the parade. From corner of Lake and Woodlawn avenues to the Gazebo, St. James. stjameschamber.org Free.1 p.m. Oct. 25 (line up at 12:30 p.m.).Spooky WalkGhouls, goblins and spooky fun for adults and kids over 7. Quogue Wildlife Refuge, 3 Old Country Rd., Quogue. RSVP at 631.653.4771. quoguewildliferefuge.org/events $15. 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 23, 24, 30.Haunted Trail NightsFeaturing hauntingly historical buildings, a ghoulishly grassy field, and a mysterious meadow of mayhem. Manor Farm, 210 Manor Rd., Huntington. manorfarmhauntedtrailnights.webs.com $5. 7-10 p.m. Oct. 23-25. “Not-So-Spooky Trail,” 6 p.m. Oct. 25. “Escape the Haunted House Challenge,” 7, 8, 9 and 10 p.m. start times, Oct. 30. $10 per 8 person team.Cemetery of Lost SoulsGhost, demons and sacrificed virgins, oh my! 350 Broadway, Massapequa Park. lostsoulsli.com Donations vary. 8 p.m.-midnight. Oct. 24, 30 & 31.Haunted House at DeepwellsBeware the scary haunted house! Deepwells Farm County Park, corner of Route 25A and Moriches Road, St. James. stjameschamber.org Free. Times to be announced. Oct. 24, 25, 30.Spooky WalkSwamp monsters and many of their gruesome friends bring a smoggy, spine-tingling walk through the realm of fear and fright. The so-called live-action horror trail may not be suitable for young children, but children of all ages are invited for the Not-So-Spooky Walk on Oct. 25. Clark Botanic Garden, 193 I.U. Willets Rd., Albertson. clarkbotanic.org $5. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Oct. 23, 24. $3 Not-So-Spooky-Walk 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 25.Haunted Path and Ghoulish Game NightNavigate the walkway where ghouls and spooks lurk, then stick around for mummy races, zombie basketball and ghost dodgeball. Southampton Youth Center, 1370A Majors Path, Southampton. $5. Grades 6 and up. 7-10 p.m. Oct. 30.Halloween SpooktacularDetails on this huge event coming soon! Great Neck House, 14 Arrandale Ave., Great Neck. greatneckparks.org3rd Annual Zombie Ball and Haunted House PartyFeaturing a haunted house, a costume contest and a dance party, this is the only stop you need to make on Halloween night. Rhythmology 361 Union Ave., Westbury. Prices vary. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Oct. 31.The Franklin Square HorrorChosen as one of the scariest home haunts on Long Island, the Franklin Square Horror promises to outdo itself this year. 1148 Norbay Street, Franklin Square. joea65.wix.com. Donations go to Autism and Cerebral Palsy Associations. 7-11 p.m. Oct. 31.last_img read more

COVID-19: Kenya Olympic body turns to online conferencing

first_imgNAIROBI: As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to ground sporting activity around the world, the National Olympic Committee-Kenya (NOCK) has turned to online conferencing to keep in touch with athletes during this crisis period.The inaugural conference, titled ‘Emotional Intelligence,’ which covered understanding and dealing with the social and personal effects of COVID-19 saw Rio 2016 Olympic silver medalist Julius Yego and Paul Tergat, NOCK president and two-time Olympic silver medal-winner, discuss issues related to the pandemic, reports Xinhua news agency. “We are in a different territory that we have never been before. This pandemic has hit us hard and there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel. As NOCK, our aim is to keep in touch with our sportsmen and women and give them the necessary advice through our experts,” Tergat said in Nairobi on Friday. “This pandemic has greatly affected sports and the postponement of the Olympics no doubt has mentally affected our athletes,” he added. The NOCK chief said the umbrella body of federations in Kenya will seek collaboration with the government through the Ministry of Sports and other corporations to help out vulnerable athletes whose income depends on sports. Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Sports, on Friday signed off on trucks with food donated by a private firm to be delivered to athletes in need to supplement the relief funds rolled out by World Athletics last week. IANS Also Read: 17 more BSF persons test COVID-19 positive, Tripura’s tally reaches 132 Also Watch: GMC launches eviction drive against Bamboo and Meat Shops at Bhootnath Area.last_img read more