Vermont Yankee excavation continues, drinking water well taken out of service, decommissioning fund bolstered by $40 million

first_imgA statement from Vermont Yankee Monday night reported that excavation near underground piping thought to be the source of a tritium leak was making progress; it also said that a drinking water well in the general area of the test wells that have showed elevated levels of the radioactive isotope will be taken out of service as a precaution, even though it is well beneath the test wells and has not shown in testing to contain tritium; and that a “parent guarantee” of $40 million from Entergy to the Vermont Yankee decommissioning fund has been approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.The statement said that good progress was made this past weekend in Yankee’s effort to excavate and expose the Advanced Off Gas concrete pipe tunnel for inspection. Excavation in the AOG area is now down to 11 feet and shoring is in place. Soil samples taken during excavation have not shown any signs radioactivity in the soil.  As expected, at the 11 foot level, radiation being emitted from nearby piping has made a section of the dig site a radiological controlled area and all radiological controls for workers entering this area of the excavation are in place. Additional cross bracing is being welded in place to support the shoring side panels. When completed, excavation and shoring will resume to 15 feet. An engineered solution to capture potential leakage encountered at the unearthed AOG tunnel has also been prepared if it is needed. The enclosure above the excavation area is in progress and will be completed after final parts of the shoring are moved into place and excavation has reached 15 feet.Plans continue to test for leakage paths to the ground from the Advanced Off Gas concrete pipe tunnel floor using pure de-mineralized water; engineers are considering the use of environmentally benign dyes for the water to assist in leakage checking. This will help determine if and where the tunnel theoretically may be leaking water into the ground. This test will be performed after excavation exposes the tunnel floor and mitigation catch basins are installed under the tunnel allowing technicians to observe any leakage paths. Pure de-mineralized water used during the test will be collected and processed through plant systems.Tritium concentration monitoring is ongoing. The installation of the two new deep monitoring wells is complete and they are in the process of being developed (GZ-13D and GZ-14D). Digging for two additional shallow groundwater monitoring wells continues. One well, GZ-16 has encountered some interferences and a new location is being determined for the well. The information from these new wells will help engineers and hydrology experts better understand groundwater flows beneath the site.The Construction Office Building (COB) drinking well, one of several wells that supplies drinking water to the VY site only, is set in bedrock deep below the flow of the surface groundwater containing tritium above it. The COB well is over 350 feet below the surface into bedrock while the groundwater monitoring wells are on the order of 25 feet to 35 feet deep and are above the bedrock. While daily testing of the well has consistently shown all sampling results to be below detectable limits, the deep well is within the field of shallow groundwater wells that have tested positively for tritium. In addition, there is a small possibility that continued use of the well could result in its cross contamination. Therefore, as a prudent precaution, the decision has been made to take the COB drinking water well out of service. The well will, however, be maintained as a deep monitoring well and will be included as one of the deep wells that will be part of geophysical testing to determine the characteristics of the bedrock. Design changes and temporary modifications are being developed so that drinking water to the COB can be supplied by another well onsite. The switchover is expected to occur later this week after obtaining approval from the Agency of Natural Resources. 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.Decommissioning Fund Update.  As previously reported, due to the recent economic downturn, VY’s decommissioning trust fund was determined to be “low” by the NRC last year. We committed to bridge the difference with a Parent Guarantee from Entergy, for $40 million dollars by end of 2009. Vermont Yankee recently received a letter from the NRC that acknowledges that its Parent Guarantee is satisfactory and in place, and the decommissioning funding now meets NRC regulations.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: Vermont Yankee. 2.22.2010last_img read more

JPMorgan is overweight on these 3 energy stocks

first_imgJPMorgan is overweight on three energy stocks that it believes have found the perfect balance between oil and non-oil assets. It comes at a time when energy market participants are increasingly concerned about the outlook for the global economy and fuel demand, due to surging coronavirus infections.The coronavirus pandemic has preceded an unparalleled energy demand shock in 2020, and OPEC now believes rising cases will stall a demand recovery in 2021.- Advertisement – “What people don’t want is an aggressive pivot or an aggressive transition, they want to see the oil business flourish, but they also want to see renewables make money,” Christyan Malek, managing director and head of EMEA oil and gas research at JPMorgan, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe” on Friday. – Advertisement – Oil pumping jacks, also known as “nodding donkeys”, are reflected in a puddle as they operate in an oilfield near Almetyevsk, Russia, on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020.Andrey Rudakov | Bloomberg via Getty Images – Advertisement –last_img read more

Fire razes Leganes house

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International have best shot at rare win in Presidents Cup

first_img FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE WE RECOMMEND COMMENT 8 months ago Will Lewis Hamilton make his move to Ferrari at the end of F1 2020 season? Last Updated: 14th December, 2019 17:30 IST International Have Best Shot At Rare Win In Presidents Cup The International team took its first lead into Sunday singles since 2003, all because of two foursomes matches in which the players never led at any point until scratching out a half-point. Written By 8 months ago Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam visits Beijing to discuss city’s unrest LIVE TVcenter_img 8 months ago Boris Johnson heads north to celebrate crushing election win Associated Press Television News The final round of the Presidents Cup began with words from the captains, not singles matches.The International team took its first lead into Sunday singles since 2003, all because of two foursomes matches in which the players never led at any point until scratching out a half-point.That gave the Internationals a 10-8 lead and needing six points from 12 singles matches to win the Presidents Cup for only the second time in the event’s 25-year history, and not since Royal Melbourne in 1998.“For us to scratch and scramble for one point, the guys were very excited about that,” International captain Ernie Els said.Marc Leishman and rookie Abraham Ancer were 5 down with eight holes to play. The rookie duo of Joaquin Niemann and Byeong Hun An were 2 down with five to play. Both rallied to halve their matches.U.S. captain Tiger Woods — and that’s all he was on Saturday, a captain — saw it differently.Woods looked back to Friday, when the International team won two matches for a 6-1 lead, and was ahead briefly in the other three foursomes matches. The Americans won two matches and halved another to limited the damage.“At one point, it looked like we were going to be down 1-9,” Woods said. “And for the International team only to get one point from that point on, for us to fight back and get eight points was a huge, huge win for us today.”Els couldn’t stifle a laugh when he heard that. His team was ahead on Friday, but it never had more than a five-point lead at the conclusion of any match.“You’re the absolute optimist, aren’t you?” Els said to Woods without looking his way. “My God.”That’s what both were filled with — optimism — after a long day filled with big wins, a stunning comeback that left Justin Thomas seething, and more drama involving Patrick Reed at Royal Melbourne.Els has a record-tying seven rookies on his team from a record nine countries, and he has given them purpose with a new logo and a strong dose of analytics to find the right combinations. So far, it has worked.Woods is the first playing captain in 25 years, and he was questioned for taking himself out of both sessions, even though he has performed as well as anyone at Royal Melbourne. He said he had faith in his players, and they delivered their first winning session Saturday afternoon in foursomes, nearly sweeping it until the great comebacks by Leishman and Ancer, An and Niemann.Woods put himself in the leadoff position for singles. Els anticipated that’s where he would play so that Woods could quickly return to captain duties when his match was over. He sent out Ancer, the International star in these matches so far, unbeaten in all four matches.Woods has lost only once to an International player in singles away from home — Mike Weir in Canada in 2007, when the Americans were well on their way to winning again.Captains alternate turns filling out the lineup, and Woods offered up Reed in the third match to face C.T. Pan of Taiwan, who has wielded a hot putter this week. Along with getting Reed out early, placing him against Pan kept Reed from facing one of three Australians on the International team.It’s already been a rough week for Reed because of his rules violation last week in the Bahamas, when he brushed back sand behind his ball — twice — playing from a waste area. He was penalized two shots.The gallery has taunted him all week — Reed usually embraces that — by calling him “Patrick Cheat” or introducing him as “The Excavator.” But it was too much for his caddie, brother-in-law Kessler Karain. He confirmed in a statement to Barstool Sports podcast “Fore Play” that he shoved the spectator because he got too close as he cursed Reed.Karain cannot caddie on Sunday, and Reed said he supports the PGA Tour’s decision.“We all are focused on winning the Presidents Cup,” Reed said in a statement. He has declined interviews since Friday and is 0-3 in his matches this week with Webb Simpson.Singles has long been considered a strength of the Americans, but they have not won the singles session since 2009. They haven’t really needed to because of their dominance in the Presidents Cup.Now they do.Leishman and Ancer showed plenty of grit. Ancer made a 20-foot birdie putt to halve the 15th hole and extend the match. Leishman made an 18-footer on the next hole, and Rickie Fowler missed a 6-footer that would have won the match. Thomas missed a 10-footer after Fowler’s long putt raced by the hole, and then Thomas hit a tee shot under a tree on the 18th that left Fowler having to squat just to punch out. Leishman stiffed his approach, and the birdie putt — and halve — eventually was conceded.“It’s unacceptable for us to get a half a point,” Thomas said. “They made a couple long putts there on 15 and 16 to keep it going. We had our chances, and I mean, flat honest, just didn’t execute. … Our team is playing well today, and we’ve got to put it behind us and go get a point tomorrow.”After three days of team matches, that’s all that matters now. 8 months ago Sukhbir Singh Badal unanimously re-elected SAD chief SUBSCRIBE TO US 8 months ago Manipur CM’s brother kidnapped, rescued in Kolkata; five held First Published: 14th December, 2019 17:30 ISTlast_img read more